The U.S. Department of State special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker has confirmed that Ukrainian army attempted to advance in the buffer zone, TASS news agency reports.
Volker confirms Kiev forces attempted to "recover some of the territory" in Donbass~
"It is true that Ukrainian forces have tried to recover some of the territory," TASS quoted him as saying.
Volker said that Ukrainian troops attempted to recover some territory in Popasnaya and Gorlovka areas, justifying the move as complying with the Minsk Agreements, which define those areas as Ukrainian.
He also urged the sides of the conflict to respect ceasefire agreements, withdrawal lines and to ease humanitarian situation.