A US delegation led by the military attache at the American embassy in Kiev visited units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) on the line of contact in Donbass. This was announced on Friday by the command of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO, the Ukrainian military operation in Donbass) on Facebook.
“Recently, a working visit of an American delegation headed by the Army and Defense Attaché Colonel Brittany Stewart took place in the Joint Forces Operation area. The Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Operation, Major General Eduard Moskalev, briefed the American delegation on the current operational situation at the front,” the statement said.
US representatives expressed concern about the situation in the east of the country, the text says. “The US government is deeply concerned about the situation that is developing around the borders of Ukraine, and in every possible way supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the press service of the JFO command quotes Stewart.
Since Thursday, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensnsky is on a visit to Donbass. During his visit to the contact line, he said that the situation in the region had indeed deteriorated.
From the end of February this year, the situation in Donbass began to aggravate, despite the agreement on additional measures to ensure the ceasefire on July 22, 2020. Intense exchanges of fire resumed on the line of contact. There are killed and wounded on both sides, including among the civilian population.
Ukraine has accused the Donbass republics of escalation. Donetsk and Luhansk pointed to Kiev’s failure to comply with the July agreements as the main reason for the aggravation. In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People’s Republic Natalya Nikonorova said that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to bring the conflict in Donbass into a hot phase and provoke the republics to a military solution.