Russia concerned by Kiev's reluctance to amnesty militia members - Kremlin spokesman

"Unfortunately, we witness unwillingness," Peskov told the Associated Press, "and we are concerned about that."

Moscow is concerned over Kiev's unwillingness to honor its commitments to amnesty participants in the Donbass conflict and create conditions for holding elections in Ukraine's south-eastern regions.

"Unfortunately, we witness unwillingness," Peskov told the Associated Press, "and we are concerned about that."

According to the Rossiya 24 television station, Peskov also told the AP that the Ukrainian authorities were failing to take required measures to restore financial and social services for residents in the country's south-eastern regions.

He accused Ukraine of dragging its feet on implementing the February 12 peace agreements, which envision a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact.

"We do expect both sides of the conflict to fulfill their obligations, and to withdraw completely and timely all the heavy armaments," Peskov said, adding that the February 12 peace deal had already helped defuse tensions in eastern Ukraine.

In line with the peace accord, secured by the Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 12, a ceasefire is to be declared in certain parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions starting from February 15 and heavy weapons are to be pulled back from the frontline between Ukrainian government forces and the militia. The document also outlines other measures aimed at securing a long-term political process in Donbass.

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