Turkey worried over developments in Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists have occupied buildings and pro-Russian militants have abducted international monitors from the OSCE

Pro-Russian separatists have occupied buildings and pro-Russian militants have abducted international monitors from the OSCE

ANKARA - Turkey is worried over the latest developments in Ukraine's east and south regions, despite the Joint Declaration of Ukraine, Russia, USA and the EU on April 17.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the situation is deterioriating in the east and south of Ukraine with pro-Russian separatists occupying buildings and pro-Russian militants abducting international monitors from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 

The ministry also called for the implementation of Geneva Declaration and reiterated its support for the peace, consistency and security in Ukraine.

On Friday, armed pro-Russian militants in Slavyansk abducted seven international monitors from a military observation group, connected to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and five Ukrainian soldiers, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. 

On Tuesday, pro-Russian separatists have seized a government building in eastern Ukrainian city Luhansk. The separatists broke the doors and windows of the building with sticks after lowering the Ukrainian flag. The group demanded a referendum, the release of detained Russian supporters and official status for the Russian language.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized U.S. and EU sanctions against his country and claimed that, although there are no immediate plans to retaliate, if the measures continued Russia would respond.

Representatives from Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union and Russia agreed to a deal after seven hours of talks in Geneva on Thursday. The agreement calls for armed groups in Ukraine to lay down their arms and relinquish control of occupied government buildings.

It staves off a potentially damaging new round of economic sanctions on Russia’s already hobbled economy even as the U.S. announced earlier Thursday that it will supply Kiev with $6.5 million in non-lethal military assistance.

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