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    It is necessary to more carefully assess the sources of provocation in the situation when the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine was attacked, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. He also repeated that Russia is in no way a party to the Ukrainian conflict.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, the United States State Department condemned a recent attack on the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in eastern Ukraine and accused Donbass militia of the ceasefire regime violation.

    "Of course, we believe that it is necessary to be more careful in assessments of the situation, especially in determining the sources of provocative actions. We know that OSCE employees themselves… have repeatedly registered that Ukraine's armed forces are the source of provocative actions, so we can only repeat for a hundredth time that Russia is in no way a party to this conflict," Peskov said.

    Kiev launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in 2014, when the two regions refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they consider to be a coup.

    Since late January, the conflict in eastern Ukraine between local militia and Kiev authorities has escalated in Avdiivka and Yasynuvata towns near Donetsk, with Kiev forces and Donbass militia accusing each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting.

    Russian authorities have repeatedly voiced concern over the escalation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in February 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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