Assistant Secretary of state United States of Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday the withdrawal of the arms from the militia in Ukraine and said the United States opposes the use of force from the Ukrainian authorities.
"The ceasefire in General - Not completely, but in General observed From 1 September," - said Nuland at a hearing in Congress.
"As you know, in Accordance With the Minsk agreement, 1st step - a ceasefire, the second step is the allotment of weapons, and then political progress in the Donbass and then return the territory and closing the border. We are currently beginning to see for the first time in two years of conflict some venting of arms of Russia and the separatists. That's good. We see This in Lugansk, and now beginning in Donetsk, although the ceasefire is Not complete and over the last couple of days have been a tactical attack ", - said the Assistant Secretary.
on a question of the Congressman, how Ukraine may regain the territory of Donbass, Nuland warned the Ukrainian authorities against use of force.
"I'm sure you Not suggesting Ukraine to foment a war to get the Russians into the conflict even deeper. I don't think, because It would be good for Ukraine or for stability in the EU, " said Nuland.
Moscow has stated many times that is Not a party to domestic conflict, support of militias and does Not send in the Donbass troops. Anyway, Kiev and the West continues to blame Russia of "military aggression" and occasionally "find" in the East of Ukraine and in the border regions of Russia "certain units" of the armed forces, although international observers in the periodic inspections have Never found any undeclared military activities.
From 1 September in the Donbass entered into force another truce, both parties and observers state that it is observed. At the end of September was signed the agreement about the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of Not more than 100 millimeters and tanks from the frontline. This process takes place in 2 stages (first, Lugansk, then Donetsk region).