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    The German government condemns the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and calls for the introduction of a humanitarian pause, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday.

    BERLIN (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.

    "The German government decisively condemns the latest escalation, both sides are being called on to adhere to … the ceasefire regime," Seibert told a briefing.

    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 was concerned about Kiev's actions in the Donbass region, adding that the Ukrainian authorities were derailing the Minsk peace agreements.

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