Kerry accuses rebels in eastern Ukraine of attempting 'blatant land grab'

Kerry accuses rebels in eastern Ukraine of attempting
# 22 January 2015 07:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. US Secretary of State John Kerry accused pro-Russian separatists Wednesday of attempting "a blatant land grab" in fresh fighting in eastern Ukraine, APA reports quoting AFP.

Kerry told reporters after meeting in Washington with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, "We're particularly concerned by signs that the Russian-backed separatists" are attacking the city of Debaltseve, about 45 miles east of Donetsk, "in attempt to gain control of a very significant rail juncture."

"So this is a blatant land grab and is in direct contravention to the Minsk agreements which they signed up to," Kerry added, referring to the ceasefire deal.

He described the fresh fighting as "an alarming situation" adding, "the United States continues to support Ukraine's territorial integrity and we condemn all actions that are aimed at undermining its sovereignty."