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    Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka, in Donetsk region

    Russian Envoy Says Kiev Convening OSCE Meeting on Avdiivka 'Diplomatic Cover'

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    Russia's Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said Tuesday the convocation by Ukraine of a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Avdiivka was a 'diplomatic cover' for the Ukrainian armed forces' actions in Donbass.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian town of Avdiivka located on the demarcation line in the Donetsk region has been under attack since Sunday. Water and power supplies were reportedly cut off in the town on Monday.

    "The armed forces of Ukraine are on the offensive in Avdiivka, and the permanent representative of Ukraine is convening the OSCE Permanent Council's special meeting for a diplomatic cover. Whom does he want to deceive?" Lukashevich said as cited in the diplomatic mission's Tweet.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier Tuesday that Moscow had reliable data that the Ukrainian independent armed groups, supported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces' artillery, were behind the attack on Avdiivka.

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