Lavrov tells Kerry Ukraine violence due to 'constant firing' by Kiev troops

Lavrov tells Kerry Ukraine violence due to 'constant firing' by Kiev troops
A girl wearing Ukrainian flag shouts slogan as she holds placard reading "Stop Russian aggression", on January 25, 2015 on Independence Square in Kiev, during a rally for people who died as a result of shelling in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking to his US counterpart John Kerry on Sunday, blamed the latest upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine on Ukrainian government forces who 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 Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

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