Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
21 Feb, 2015 | 8:28 pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday (February 21) Washington and its allies are not prepared to play games with Russia and are discussing further sanctions against Moscow as the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine continues to fall apart.
The U.S. accuses Russia of undermining a European-brokered truce that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a signatory of. Speaking ahead of talks in London with the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry said that Russia had engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process .
Kerry said further steps would be discussed in an effort to deter Russia from its attempts to undermine the ceasefire in its eastern neighbor.
Ukraine accused Moscow on Friday (February 20) of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine despite a European-brokered truce that went into force last Sunday (February 15). Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation, but Moscow has always denied assertions in the past that its forces are fighting in Ukraine.
Rebels pounded Ukrainian troops out of the strategic town of Debaltseve after the start of last weekend’s ceasefire brokered by Germany and France, forcing Ukrainian troops to withdraw and inflicting one of the worst defeats on Kiev in the 10-month-old conflict.
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