The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says it remains “deeply concerned” over continuing cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine.
Addressing the UN Security Council on February 29 as chair of the OSCE, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Kyiv and Moscow to “live up to their responsibilities” and abide by the terms of the Minsk peace agreement signed a year ago.
Implementing the deal is the only way to a political solution in Ukraine, Steinmeier said.
He said foreign ministers from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine would meet in Paris on March 3 to try to achieve progress on the security situation and a new electoral law for eastern Ukraine, where fighting between Russian-Backed separatists and government forces has killed more than 9,000 people since April 2014.
The February 2015 peace agreement has helped reduce fighting in Ukraine's east, but skirmishes have continued.