France and Germany are concerned by the growing number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, which come after the situation had stabilised since July 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and in particular Russian troop movements, and call on all sides to show restraint and to work towards the immediate de-escalation of tensions.
We reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. As mediators in the Normandy format, France and Germany are continuing their efforts to see the Minsk agreements implemented in full, and regular negotiations are being held to that end.
In this regard, we welcome the extension of the mandate of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), and call for an end to the restrictions on the mission’s freedom of movement so that it can accomplish its objectives in accordance with its Mandate.