DUSHANBE, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - A peaceful solution to the Ukrainian crisis providing rights to all citizens and all regions of the country is absolutely essential, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday following the talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirodzhiddin Aslov.
“Obviously, we have discussed the military conflict in eastern Ukraine. We share the opinion that an end to bloodshed is necessary as well as the start of a dialogue in order to work out a solution acceptable to all regions of Ukraine,” Lavrov said.
Kiev has been carrying out a military operation in eastern Ukraine since mid-April in an attempt to suppress independence supporters who refused to recognize the legitimacy of Kiev’s new authorities. Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and has repeatedly called on Kiev to put an immediate end to the bloodshed. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has also urged the international community to intervene and investigate the crimes against humanity that occurred in Ukraine in recent months.
According to the UN report, the conflict claimed the lives of 1,129 civilians from mid-April through July 26, while another 3,442 civilians were injured.