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Ukraine violates Minsk agreements - US military analyst

According to Jim W Dean, political analyst in Atlanta, managing editor at Veterans Today Ukraine doesn't respect Minsk peace agreement signed over the crisis in the South east of Ukraine. He said it in an interview with Press TV while commenting on US Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that Russia is violating the ceasefire.

As per the head of US diplomacy the presence of Russian convoys and military equipment in eastern Ukraine shows that the ceasefire deal has not been fully observed.

Dean said Kerry's statement is like "the pot calling the kettle black". In his interview analyst reminded that the Minsk Protocol was an agreement to halt the war in the Donbass region of Ukraine, signed on September 5, 2014. By January 2015, however, the Minsk Protocol ceasefire had completely collapsed. A new package of measures meant to stop fighting in the Donbass, called "Minsk II," was agreed to on 12 February 2015. And by the observation it is clear "all of the shooting violations were on Kiev's side. What went on is when Kiev broke the ceasefire by firing on the Republics, they would reply, and then Kiev would file a report with the monitors that they had been attacked," Dean said.

But western media are keeping silence about the ceasefire violation on Kiev's part. But all blame Russia. Washington accuses Moscow of providing heavy weaponry and training to pro-Russia fighters and of deploying troops and air defense systems in eastern Ukraine.

If that's the case, where are the satellite photos? Where are the communication intercepts, that we know they have the ability to have, Dean asked.

Ties between Washington and Moscow deteriorated last year after pro-Western forces ousted Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014. The United States and the European Union have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia, including visa bans and asset freezes.

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