President Poroshenko: Moscow must finally demonstrate political will for a peaceful settlement and agree to host the UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied Donbas, including the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian state border.
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President Poroshenko met with @SpecRepUkraine Kurt Volker
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At @CFR org, Biden also said he thinks Trump Admin made a "wise decision" to okay sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. Biden said he was pushing for that for two years during the Obama Admin. But also concerned about backsliding on anti-corruption in Ukraine.
Another Russian supply convoy to arrive to Donbas tomorrow
Kurt Volker arrived in Ukraine
A 20-member Ukrainian crew, on board a Cyprus flagged cargo ship AMSEL, are close to starvation at the Bulyard Shipyard (Port of Varna) in Varna (Bulgaria), after the owner abandoned the vessel.
At the National Defence University, DSG @Gottemoeller thanks Turkey for counter-terrorism expertise, contributions to @ResoluteSupport and @NATO KFOR and support for Ukraine: "I thank Turkey for these and so many other contributions."
ATO spox: Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire 6 times yesterday using mortars in all cases. Unfortunately, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action.
ATO spox: Donetsk sector – militants shelled Ukrainian troops' positions near Novotroitske with 82mm mortars, and simultaneously shelled Dokuchaievsk (which is under militants' control).
ATO spox: Luhansk sector – Russian proxies committed 5 ceasefire violations in Luhanske and Troitske areas using mortars (either 82mm or 120mm ones, or both) in each attack.
In an interview @SpecRepUkraine Volker says the escalation on Russia's side has already happened over the last few weeks with violence up - may not be such a "new" advance
OSCE's Hug: With OSCE SMM observations allowing for early warning of impending escalation, decision- and policy-makers need to listen, and prevent an even greater tragedy. Ukraine
OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Hug: Failure to de-mine, withdraw weapons and disengage, and continued preparedness, constitutes an early warning, as sides, instead of ending the violence, get ready for more
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OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Hug: Weapons are dug in, in firing position, all along the contact line
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OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Hug: The sides are digging in everywhere, literally, and figuratively
OSCE's Hug: Not only are the sides not de-mining, they are in fact laying more mines, sometimes even inside disengagement areas
OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Hug: Instead of fully complying; instead of withdrawing weapons, disengaging and de-mining, the sides are in fact doing the opposite
OSCE's Hug: 1 man killed and 1 injured near Olenivka on 21 January, as civilian bus crossing the contact line was hit by small-arms fire; both – like all civilian casualties – victims of failure to fully implement agreements to sustain ceasefire. Ukraine
OSCE's Hug: Continued violence along the contact line in particular in areas around Svitlodarsk. The SMM recorded twice as many ceasefire violations in that area last week compared to previous week, with for example 400+ explosions recorded on evening of 18 January
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FSB conducts searches at Crimean Tatars houses in Occupied Crimea: one detained
At 10:30 media briefing by OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug. Streaming
ATO HQ, Donbas: Yesterday recorded 6 attacks on UAF positions, Russian forces used mortars at Hovotroitske, Luhanske, Dokuchajevsk. One Ukrainian soldier was killed.
OSCE confirmed man's death as a result of an attack on a bus in the "gray zone"
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said he's eager to see how Volker-Surkov talks go after Washington's recent unveiling of new sanctions against Russia
Russia's Vladislav Surkov to meet again with US's Kurt Volker to discuss Ukraine conflict and peacekeepers. The envoys' first meeting of the year will reportedly be in Dubai. The two haven't found much common ground in previous talks.
The Kremlin's scenario of federalization and fragmentation of Ukraine will not take place, - Klimkin
6 Ukrainians, 2 Venezuelans killed in hotel attack in Kabul
Alexander Hug, the SMM's Principal Deputy Chief Monitor, to hold the regular news briefing on Tuesday, 23 January, via video link from Donetsk
ATO spox: Russian proxies violated the ceasefire two times yesterday, both in Luhansk sector: the enemy attacked Luhanske area twice using heavy weapons and Minsk-proscribed 120mm mortars. Fortunately, Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered no casualties.
Man killed in grenade explosion during police operation in Berdyansk, 3 policemen were wounded