“We urgently call the [opposing] sides to use the opened actual opportunity to pull back fatal artillery from the conflict zone so as to alleviate the threat of future victims among civilians. This is currently the top priority,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“Taking this step will strengthen trust and create favorable conditions to fulfill other provisions in the Minsk agreements,” the ministry said.
Moscow called on Kiev to pull back its heavy artillery from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine immediately.
Moscow also urges Kiev not to replace professional work on de-escalation of situation in eastern Ukraine with the foreign policy rhetoric, Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“We strongly recommend the Ukrainian side not to replace professional work on de-escalation of the military situation in southeastern Ukraine with the foreign policy rhetoric,” the ministry said in a statement.
Following months of bloodshed, with mediation from Russia and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a ceasefire agreement was reached during the Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation meeting on September 5, 2014, with specific steps for a ceasefire implementation outlined on September 19, 2014.
Most recently, Kiev forces shelled populated areas in Donetsk and Luhansk over the weekend, according to independence supporters.
Moscow has condemned Kiev’s actions, urging the Ukrainian side to adhere to the Minsk agreements. The Russian Foreign Ministry added that Kiev appeared to be using the truce to regroup and strengthen their forces to continue the fight.