Monday, 18 December 2017

Ukraine crisis: Russian truce monitors to leave

Russia is to withdraw its military officers from a joint Russia-Ukraine centre monitoring a fragile truce in the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

Russia's foreign ministry accused Ukraine of preventing the officers from carrying out their duties, saying they would leave on Tuesday.

Kiev said the move was a "provocation", seriously undermining deals to end the conflict with Russian-backed rebels.

It said three Ukrainian soldiers were killed by rebel shelling on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the separatists accused Ukraine's military of firing hundreds of shells on the rebel-held areas over the past 24 hours. They reported no casualties.
The UN says more than 10,000 people have died in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions since the conflict erupted in April 2014, soon after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

BBC     News.

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