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    Provocations in Donbass Show Kiev 'Leading Situation Into Deadlock' - Lavrov

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    Kiev's latest provocations in Donbass show that the Ukrainian authorities are leading the situation into a deadlock, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

    ABU DHABI (Sputnik) — The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata has been tense for several days, with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity. The Ukrainian forces and Donbass militia are accusing each other of being responsible for escalation of fighting.

    "Everyone knows who in Ukraine is leading the situation into a deadlock, and the latest provocations by the Kiev regime, which have taken place recently, are another proof of that," Lavrov told reporters.

    On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had to interrupt his visit to Germany due to the escalation of the security situation on the line of contact in eastern Ukraine. He also charged his aides with calling for the extraordinary session of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine to discuss the situation.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on 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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