The US State Department on Tuesday lashed out at Russia on the occasion of the third anniversary of the signing of the Minsk Agreements, vowing to continue sanctions against Moscow until it changes course on the Ukraine issue.
"Russia continues to deny its direct involvement, while Russian-led forces intimidate and deny secure access to unarmed Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors," she said.
The Ukrainian government launched a military operation in its southeast Donbas region in 2014, after the pro-Russia residents refused to recognise the pro-West Ukrainian authorities and sought independence.
Kiev and the insurgents reached a peace agreement brokered by Russia, France and Germany in Minsk, capital of Belarus, in 2014, with a more detailed renewal of the agreement, or Minsk II agreement, signed in February 2015.
She added that the West's separate Crimea-related sanctions will also remain in place until Russia "returns the peninsula to Ukraine."
Crimea, formerly part of Ukraine, was absorbed into Russia in March 2014 following a local referendum, which was rejected by Ukraine and its allies.
"Unfortunately, on the anniversary of the signing, we have little to boast of," Peskov was quoted by Russia Today as saying.
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