United States urges Russia to immediately calm its militants

Washington has called on Moscow to immediately influence the militants so that they end their attacks in eastern Ukraine, and also warned it of the need to stop the flow of arms and manpower into sovereign Ukrainian territory.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said this at a press briefing in Washington on Friday, Ukrinform’s correspondent reported.
“Russia must use its influence with the separatists to end these attacks immediately and stop the flow of weapons, equipment, and militants into Ukraine. Russia must also withdraw all of its military forces and equipment, including the Russian fighters it is supporting from inside Ukraine,” she said.
Psaki said that Washington was concerned about escalating violence in the region in the last few days, especially in the city and airport of Donetsk.
“Since the ceasefire was signed on September 5, continued violence has killed well over 200 people, many of them innocent men, women, and children,” she said.
She expressed her condolences to the families and friends of the victims, including an employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Laurent DuPasquier.
“We call on all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent the loss of innocent life, comply with international humanitarian law, and respect the facilities of humanitarian organizations,” Psaki said.
She said that almost a month ago, Russia and the separatists it backs made a commitment to end the violence and seek a political solution.
“Instead, shells, rockets, and bullets continue to fly; innocent people continue to suffer and die,” Psaki said, adding that these attacks also destroy infrastructure and wreak havoc with lighting, heating, and water supplies in homes around the region.

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