Ukraine Clashes Prompt Stern Call From Kerry to Lavrov

美国就乌克兰问题对俄罗斯提出担忧
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 28, 2015.

VOA News,August 14, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed “grave concern” to his Russian counterpart about a "sharp rise" in separatist attacks in eastern Ukraine.

A senior State Department official told reporters in Washington on Thursday that in a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry urged "an immediate cease-fire" and called for "full implementation" of the cease-fire agreement reached between Ukraine's government and Russia-backed separatists in Minsk, Belarus, this year.

More than 6,500 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the fighting erupted in April 2014, and there has been another spike in violence in recent days. The two sides regularly accuse each other of violating the cease-fire agreement.

Washington and its European allies accuse Moscow of supporting the separatists, including with Russian troops. Russia denies the charge, claiming the Russians fighting with the separatists in Ukraine are volunteers.

On Wednesday, outgoing U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno said Russia poses the "most dangerous" threat to the United States because of its "sophisticated" operations in Ukraine.

Odierno’s statement echoed comments made last month by U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford before the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.

美国就乌克兰问题对俄罗斯提出担忧

美国之音,2015年8月14日

美国国务卿克里对俄罗斯外长拉夫罗夫表示,“严重关切”乌克兰东部分离分子的袭击“突然增多”。

国务院一名高级官员星期四在华盛顿对记者表示,克里在于拉夫罗夫的一次电话交谈中敦促双方“立即停火”,并要求“全面执行”乌克兰政府和分离分子今年早些时候在明斯克达成的停火协议。俄罗斯支持那一协议,

自从乌克兰东部在2014年4月爆发战斗以来,当地已经6500多人丧生,近几天来暴力事件激增。双方一贯指责对方违反停火协议。

华盛顿和欧洲盟国指责莫斯科支持分离分子,包括派遣俄罗斯部队。俄罗斯否认之一指控,声称在乌克兰与分离分子一起作战的俄罗斯战斗人员是志愿者,

即将卸任的美国陆军参谋长奥迪耶诺将军星期三说,俄罗斯是对美国的“最危险”的威胁,原因是其在乌克兰的“复杂的”运作。

奥迪耶诺将军此番话与上个月美国参谋长联席会议主席邓普西将军对美国参议院外交关系委员会所表达的意见相同。