German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, following a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, said that Berlin is closely monitoring the situation in Donbas and is calling for a de-escalation of the conflict. The German Foreign Minister wrote about this on Twitter of the Foreign Ministry.
“We agree with Ukraine that de-escalation is needed so as not to jeopardize the ceasefire,” Haas said.
Earlier, NATO accused Russia of “undermining the OSCE’s efforts to de-escalate in Ukraine.”
“We are not in any way undermining the efforts of the OSCE,” the diplomat said.
The foreign ministry spokesman indicated that the Russian side voted to extend the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission, and hopes that “the OSCE will continue to contribute to resolving the situation in Ukraine, easing tensions in Donbas, including within the framework of the OSCE SMM.”
Earlier, Ukraine for the first time since the end of July struck an artillery strike against the LPR.