Kyiv: The Polish Foreign Ministry is concerned about the escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine and believe that the tension was exacerbated by the withdrawal of Russian servicemen from the Joint Control and Coordination Center (JCCC) in the Donbas. This was reported in the press service of the department.
"The number of violations of the ceasefire in the Donbas has reached its highest level since January 2017. We hope that the ceasefire agreement concluded by the Tripartite Contact Group, which came into force on December 23, will be fully respected, and attempts to de-escalate will not stop," the message says.
The Polish Foreign Ministry also believes that the tension was exacerbated by the departure of Russian representatives from the JCCC.
"Poland considers this measure as one more attempt to undermine the safety of the work of observers and further limit their ability to move around the land. We are firmly convinced that the Russian side will decide to return to the JCCC immediately," the department added.
Today, December 23, the press center of the headquarters of the ATO reported that the militants are trying to disrupt the New Year-Christmas truce in the Donbass, which began to operate with the beginning of this day.
On Saturday, December 16, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced its intention to withdraw its officers from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, which operates on the contact line in the Donbas.
Josef Venskovich, deputy head of the PRU public relations department, said that Ukrainian soldiers entering the Joint Control and Coordination Center left temporarily occupied territories of the Donbass because after the withdrawal of Russian servicemen from the ATO zone, no one can guarantee to Ukrainian observers any security .
On Wednesday, December 20, the State Border Service said that Russian officers from the JCCC left the territory of Ukraine.