Ukraine army operation in Slovyansk a grave violation of Geneva agreements - Moscow's OSCE envoy

The Kiev authorities' decision to re-launch a military operation in the city of Slovyansk is a serious violation of the April 17 Geneva agreements, Russia's envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Andrei Kelin, said.

The Kiev authorities' decision to re-launch a military operation in the city of Slovyansk is a serious violation of the April 17 Geneva agreements, Russia's envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Andrei Kelin, said.

"It is a grave violation of the Geneva agreement, the first point of which calls on all sides to refrain from any violence, intimidation and provocative acts," Kelin told Interfax by phone from Vienna.

"The events that are taking place at the moment, the steps Kiev is taking now by sending a contingent there, which is entering the center of Slovyansk right now, are actions that grossly violate the Geneva agreements," he said.

Up to five members of the so-called self-defense forces were killed in an operation Ukrainian security forces conducted in Slovyansk, the Donetsk region, on Thursday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported.

"In the course of an antiterrorist operation, Interior Ministry and Defense Ministry units unblocked and destroyed three checkpoints of illegal armed units in the northeastern part of Slovyansk. Up to five terrorists have been killed in an armed clash. Among the participants in the operation, one soldier was wounded," the ministry said.

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