Lavrov blames upsurge in Ukraine fighting on Kiev troops

January 25, 2015 8:52 PM

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Lavrov blames upsurge in Ukraine fighting on Kiev troops

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking to his US counterpart John Kerry on Sunday, blamed the upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine on government forces he said were “constantly” shelling towns.

“Sergei Lavrov pointed out that an escalation of the situation is a result of Ukrainian troops crudely violating the Minsk agreements by constantly shelling residential settlements,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to a September ceasefire deal. Lavrov also accused the government...

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