U.S. State Department spokesman Marie Harf explained Tuesday, July 1, at a briefing that UN data concerning Ukrainian refugees is not “credible”. According to her, these people could simply “come to visit their grandparents and will travel back.”
United Nations Refugee Agency has recently published a report stating that more than 110,000 people became refugees in Ukraine, either internal, or external.
State Department spokesman also said that Washington supports the decision of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to resume the war in the east. Head of the U.S. Foreign Minister John Kerry, according to Harf, made it clear in a telephone conversation with Poroshenko that the United States and its allies “will continue to put pressure on Russia to stop supporting separatists and supply of weapons.”
Speaking about possible sanctions against Russia, Harf explained that they can be taken “very quickly.” However, State Department spokesman acknowledged that Washington has no evidence of Moscow’s participation in Ukrainian conflict.