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The United States will continue to impose sanctions against Russia, as Washington demands to return Crimea to Ukraine. About it, state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus wrote on Twitter.
“Today we honored the memory of those who died as a result of Russian aggression in Ukraine. We will continue to impose sanctions against Russia until it can prove its commitment to peace in the Donbass will not stop the occupation of the Crimea”, — said Ortagus.
Earlier on 31 January, the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has demanded from Moscow to fulfill the Minsk agreements, as well as to return Crimea to Kiev. PACE also urged Moscow to “put an end to the military intervention (…) in the East of Ukraine.”
Part of Donbass is out of control in Kiev as a result of armed conflict. In April 2014, the Ukrainian government began a military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which declared independence from Kiev after the change of the Central government. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of involvement in the fighting. Moscow rejects the allegations, pointing out their unfounded.
Crimea joined Russia in the spring of 2014 the referendum. The results of the voting do not recognize Kiev, the US and the EU, considering the Peninsula occupied territory. Moscow insists on the observance of international law.
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