US deeply concerned by spike in violence in eastern Ukraine

The United States is "deeply concerned" with the spike in violence in Ukraine's Donbass, which has caused dozens of Ukrainian military and civilian casualties, the State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

“To avert a larger humanitarian crisis, we call for an immediate, sustained ceasefire and full and unfettered access for OSCE monitors,” Toner said.

According to him, since January 24, the OSCE has reported a dramatic spike in fighting that led to dozens of Ukrainian military casualties and 10 civilian casualties.

“It has also left 17,000 civilians, including 2,500 children, without water, heat, or electricity,” he added.

Toner concluded that the United States continues to support full implementation of the Minsk deal.

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