The U.S. is disturbed by reports of the capturing of a soldier of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by Russian-backed terrorists the day before and the injuries of a civilian and two Ukrainian servicemen as a result of ceasefire violations along the contact line.

“We are disturbed by reports of the capturing of a Ukrainian soldier and injuries of a civilian and two Ukrainian service members as a result of ceasefire violations along the line of contact. We call on Russia to cease its aggression, which is causing the needless suffering of Ukrainian citizens,” the embassy said on Facebook on Tuesday.

On December 17, a Ukrainian Joint Forces serviceman from a military unit stationed in the area of the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine was detained by representatives of illegal armed groups in the Luhansk region.

On December 21, two servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were wounded in enemy shelling near Horlivka, Donetsk region. On the same day, Russian-supported forces opened fire from an anti-tank grenade launcher on an agricultural tractor and injured a tractor driver.