The United States says Russia “continues to fuel the conflict” in Ukraine despite a cease-fire agreement signed in February in Minsk.
The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, said during a July 28 briefing in Kyiv with journalists that Russia’s actions in Ukraine have been “unpredictable and irresponsible.”
He said: “I would underline the stakes for what is happening here. Our principles and shared trans-Atlantic values are at stake in the conflict under way today in Ukraine. The cardinal principle of respect for international borders and territorial integrity has been jeopardized. Ukraine is the front line of freedom in Europe.”
Pyatt urged Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements, including the withdrawal of Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory; the release of all “hostages,” including Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko; and the restoration of Ukrainian control over all its international borders.