USA to maintain Russian Federation sanctions until it withdraws from Ukraine, Tillerson says

Ukraine peacekeepers are top US priority: Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday accused Russian Federation of instigating unrest in eastern Ukraine, where violations against an agreed ceasefire have increased in recent weeks.

"We should be clear about the source of this violence", Tillerson said during a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna.

"I think it's significant that we're talking about the right thing", he said.

Moscow faces widespread allegations that it interfered in the USA presidential election and was behind a wave of destructive global hacking attacks.

"Russia's aggression in Ukraine remains the biggest threat to European security", he said on Wednesday.

"We prioritise ending the violence, that's our first priority, and to seek to do that we need to put a peacekeeping force in place", Tillerson said.

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Moscow has denied supplying arms and fighters.

The OSCE has deployed 600 unarmed monitors in Ukraine to investigate and deter ceasefire violations, but they often come under fire from the warring factions.

While both sides have called for a United Nations peacekeeping force in eastern Ukraine, they disagree on the terms of its deployment, and there was no sign of progress at Thursday's meeting.

"In eastern Ukraine we join our European partners in maintaining sanctions until Russian Federation withdraws its forces from the Donbass and meets its Minsk commitments", Tillerson said, referring to a previous peace proposal.

Economic sanctions were placed on Russian Federation by then-US President Barack Obama in 2014 following the country's military action in Crimea and Ukraine.

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