Heads of diplomatic missions of the U.S. and Ukraine discussed the situation in Donbas

Anthony Blinken speaks by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, by phone Wednesday, discussing the situation in eastern Ukraine. State Department spokesman Ned Price made the announcement.

The State Department said in a statement that the Secretary of State reiterated “the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s continued aggression in Donbas and Crimea.”

Anthony Blinken expressed concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine and expressed condolences to Dmitry Kuleba for the recent deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers.

Blinken and Kuleba also discussed strengthening democratic institutions in Ukraine and Euro-Atlantic integration of the country, as well as combating the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of climate change.

Earlier, a Pentagon spokesman reported that General Mark Milley, head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak, on Wednesday. The topic of conversation was the escalating situation in eastern Ukraine.

General Milly also discussed these issues with the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Army General Valeriy Gerasimov, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. He said the Pentagon had asked Russia for clarification, adding that the United States was concerned about the recent escalation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

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