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Continued ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine increase likelihood of further Western sanctions against Russia

09 July 2015


On 8 July 2015 the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly supported a draft resolution condemning Russia's "clear, gross and uncorrected violations" in Ukraine, effectively acknowledging Russia's military involvement in the conflict.

The resolution, jointly introduced by Canada and Ukraine, received 97 "yes" votes and 7 "against", while 32 delegates abstained. The non-binding resolution is an indicator of renewed attempts to apply political pressure on Moscow to withdraw its support to the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions. While the Minsk II ceasefire agreement stabilised the line of contact between Ukrainian and separatist forces at the end of February 2015, shelling and localised fighting continues on a daily basis.

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