Ukraine is edging closer to a return to full civil war following recent attacks on Kiev-controlled areas that have violated the ceasefire agreement with pro-Russia rebels in the east of the country, the European Union has warned.
A statement released by the European External Action Service (EEAS) says attacks since Monday took a number of casualties and specifically targeted peacekeeping forces — setting fire to vehicles and catching neutral observers in the cross-fire.
"The renewed escalation of the conflict...violates the spirit and the letter of the Minsk Agreements," the EEAS said in an official statement released Tuesday.
Fighting has been concentrated in the government-controlled areas in the south-east including Shchastya, Shyrokyne and Donetsk.
"The Minsk Agreements must be implemented in good faith, starting with full observation of the ceasefire and genuine withdrawal of heavy weapons," the EEAS statement said, urging further talks between Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — the European Union's regional security organization.