Risk of escalation in eastern Ukraine 'rising': OSCE

11th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

The risk of violence in war-torn eastern Ukraine getting worse is "rising", the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Tuesday, amid fears of a return to all-out fighting.

"The level of violence in eastern Ukraine and the risk of further escalation remain high and are rising," Michael Bociurkiw of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told a press conference in Kiev.

"More than two months after the signing of the Minsk protocol memorandum, the firing has not ceased.

"There are concerns that pro-Russian rebels could be gearing up for a fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine despite a shaky ceasefire signed in September that has been dogged by localised outbreaks of fighting.

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