Donetsk, Sep 1 - DAN. Representatives of Ukraine in the Minsk security subgroup refused to discuss a DPR-proposed draft Follow-up on the Additional measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire dated July 22, 2020.

The DPR Mission said that "despite the subject of the meeting was clearly defined by DPR proposals, a new compromise draft of additions in particular, which might have become a step towards the crisis settlement, the Ukrainian side assumed a counter-productive position".

Kiev's representative stated, almost immediately after the meeting started, that Ukraine is not going to discuss the draft, but wants to talk about the escalation at the contact line. He did not specify how a discussion devoid of subject was going to help in ameliorating the situation.

"Kiev's stance of rejecting meaningful discussion and immediate adoption of effective counter-escalation measures emphasizes that Ukrainian authorities are not interested in achieving piece. The only thing they need is tranches aimed at supporting their alleged fight against an imaginary aggressor. That is why we are seeing a purposeful, indented, planned and atrocious escalation aimed at procuring high figures of American aid at the cost of lives and health of civilians, including children in Donbass."

The security group gather today for an emergency meeting necessitated by the deteriorating security situation in Donbass.

The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire were signed at the Contact Group meeting on July 22 to reinforce and control the indefinite ceasefire in effect since July 21, 2019, the latest in the series of more than 20 reconfirmation and announcements of the “silence regime”. The package came into effect on July 27. *ot