16:30 08.07.2014

Militants do not want to lay down arms - Ukraine Foreign Ministry

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Militants do not want to lay down arms - Ukraine Foreign Ministry

Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, Danylo Lubkivsky, said illegal armed formations continue gunfire attacks in the eastern regions and are not going to lay down their arms.

"The active phase in the counterterrorism operation is continuing, given the terrorists' refusal to lay down their arms and to comply with the president's peace plan," ha said at a press briefing at the Crisis Center on Tuesday.

The militants are losing positions, while the Ukrainian military is restoring order in the east, he said.

"Over the past 24 hours alone, our servicemen have defused 700 explosive devices which the terrorists have left behind in Sloviansk," he said.

Lubkivsky said that the Russian side had not taken measures yet to tighten control over the border with Ukraine and "continues providing technical and material support to the terrorists."

Lubkivsky urged the world community, including the European Union, to introduce more sanctions against Russia. "We are urging the EU to introduce further sanctions against Russia immediately. Each day lost will facilitate the ideology of aggression, intensify tensions in central Europe and create fresh threats to peace and security," he said.

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