The United Nations urges the parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to immediately halt any hostilities and renew efforts towards a peaceful settlement, told Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric.


He called clashes on the line of contact in Donbass “a direct violation of the Minsk Agreements”.


“We call on all parties to immediately halt all hostilities, fully observe the ceasefire, allow immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to the affected population, facilitate full and safe access to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to report on the situation on the ground, and renew efforts towards the peaceful settlement of the conflict,” the UN spokesman said.


Stephane Dujarric said the UN is “deeply concerned about the escalation of fighting in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk area in eastern Ukraine, which has reportedly led to a number of casualties in recent days”.


“The fate of civilians caught in the conflict zones is particularly worrying. The increased violence is a direct violation of the Minsk Agreement,” he told.




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