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Russo-Ukraine War - March 2015

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  • The United Nations said the number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting broke out in April 2014 topped 6,000. A new report by the U.N. Human Rights Office released 02 March 2015 said fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government and the ensuing death toll continued to escalate in spite of successive cease-fires. The report documents heavy damage to civilian property and vital infrastructure, noting more than 400,000 people have been left without power, heating, water and food in some areas of conflict for more than a month.

    By 08 March 2014 the cease-fire reached in February was mostly holding, concerns had been raised about a possible separatist offensive on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The European Union's Foreign Policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the EU is "extremely realistic about the developments in Russia.... But we'll never be trapped, or forced, or pushed, or pulled into a confrontative (sic) attitude... We still believe that around our continent, not only in our continent, but around our continent, cooperation is far better than confrontation and we'll still argue for that."

    Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn suggested 08 March 2015 that sanctions against Russia would remain in place for the moment but could soon be lifted.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday March 13, 2015 that there had been a "gradual de-escalation" in the fighting with Russian-backed separatists in the east. Poroshenko told Ukraine's 1+1 television, "The fact that we have not had military losses for several days ... this is a clear indication of a gradual de-escalation."

    EU leaders failed to reach a consensus on the automatic extension of Russian sanctions which were due to expire in July. European Council President Donald Tusk announced that the decision will be linked to the full implementation of Minsk agreement. The duration of economic sanctions will be clearly linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreement, Tusk told a news conference 19 March 2015 following the first working session of the summit in Brussels.

    We have to maintain our sanctions until the Minsk agreement is fully implemented, he reiterated, hinting that sanctions might be extended until the end of 2015 a deadline for some of the Ukraine ceasefire agreement provisions. The key decision on whether to prolong sanctions which requires unanimity will likely be taken in the nearest months, the European Council said.

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