US "gravely concerned" by fighting in eastern Ukraine

February 17, 2015 01:34

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Monday it is "gravely concerned" by fighting in and around Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine that flared up after a ceasefire agreement and said it is closely monitoring reports of a new column of Russian military equipment moving toward the region.

"These aggressive actions and statements by the Russia-backed separatists threaten the most recent ceasefire," the US State Department said in a prepared statement. "We call on Russia and the separatists it backs to halt all attacks immediately."

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