Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
The Ukrainian side insists on a bilateral ceasefire, but Moscow has refused to give any guarantee on its part, Interfax-Ukraine reports with reference to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin.
According to him, a ceasefire is possible only under three conditions – that the border is completely safe; that OSCE monitors are everywhere, including along the border, to monitor the ceasefire; and that all the hostages are released and no one even tries to take new hostages.
“In Berlin, yesterday we talked about the fact that everyone must do everything in his power to block the border to stop the attacks on our territory, so that no armed men, weapons or heavy artillery can cross the border with Russia,” –said Klimkin.
The minister also said that this applies as well to the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, “who was just stolen from Ukrainian territory in an absolutely inhuman way.”
According to him, the Ukrainian side is committed to the idea of a bilateral ceasefire.
“We want a cease-fire that is really two-way and effective. And this is possible only if Russia will take decisive and effective steps towards de-escalation,” –he said.