EU: Russian claims of Crimea incursion not independently confirmed

Russian claims that Ukrainian military forces attempted a terrorist attack in Crimea are unverified, an EU foreign policy spokeswoman says, noting that the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe has no access to the occupied peninsula.

"There has been no independent confirmation of the claims made by the Russian authorities," the spokeswoman says in a statement.

"We reiterate our condemnation and non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation," the statement says, stressing the European Union's "unwavering" support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

"The EU calls for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, including in eastern Ukraine, where all parties - including Russia - must fully engage in the complete implementation of the Minsk [peace] agreements," the spokeswoman adds.

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