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    Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about the growing number of nationalists in Ukraine's parliament that could spark a renewal of military action in the country's eastern regions.

    MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on Monday expressed his concerns about the growing number of nationalists in Ukraine's parliament that could spark a renewal of military action in the country's eastern regions.

    "There is increased danger that again calls will be made from the tribune to use force and military methods, as well as bloodshed to solve all the problems [in Ukraine] because straightforward nationalistic and chauvinistic powers have received support and will become representatives in the Verkhovna Rada [parliament]. This is extremely dangerous," Karasin said.

    According to Karasin, the bloodshed must end.

    "It is necessary to try to establish dialog and to find a solution to the complex problems of the Ukrainian society through political and diplomatic channels, [through] preservation of the country's territorial integrity," Karasin edded.

    His concern is due to the fact that Oleh Lyashko's nationalist Radical Party secured 7.47 percent of votes with about one-third of the ballots counted. The party was registered in 2010. It has promised to get rid of oligarchs and to end the military operation in Donbas by use of force.

    Early parliamentary elections were held Sunday in Ukraine. The country's Central Election Commission said Monday that voter turnout stood at 52.42 percent after compiling data from all 198 districts.

    Currently, with about one third of the ballots counted, the People's Front has garnered 21.6 percent of the popular vote, with the country's current president's coalition, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, close behind with 21.51 percent, according to the Central Election Commission.

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