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Romania condemning proclamation of self-styled 'Little Russia' in Ukraine by Donetsk separatists

Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE) is condemning the proclamation on July 18 by separatists in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region of a self-styled new state called "Little Russia", according to a MAE statement released on Wednesday.

"The action is flagrantly violating the rules of international law, while breaching Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial unity," says MAE.

MAE adds that Romania is a firm supporter of the implementation of the Minsk Accords, urging the parties to implement the accords, which it calls the only viable and recognised framework allowing for a political resolution of the conflict in Donbas.

MAE also says that Romania is reiterating the need for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity to be respected within the country's internationally-recognised borders.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state there called Malorossiya, or Little Russia, according to the DPA news agency.

DPA reports that a separatist rebellion erupted in Ukraine's two eastern-most regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, three years ago when Kiev ousted its pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West.

About 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, according to estimates by the United Nations. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which independently monitors the fighting, has called on both sides to end the bloodshed.

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