Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his US
counterpart John Kerry that the US should use its influence
to make Ukraine's government immediately stop military
operations in south-east Ukraine, the Russian foreign
Lavrov also said that it was important that the mediating
role of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in
Europe (OSCE) was increased to secure Kiev's fulfilment of
the Geneva declaration on de-escalating tensions in Ukraine.
"Chances of this still exist," the ministry said in a
statement, as long as all Ukrainian regions are represented
in a national dialogue on constitutional reform, and
"terrorists" from the Right Sector - a Ukrainian nationalist
group in western Ukraine - group are curbed.
Lavrov, in a phone conversation with German Foreign Minister
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also said he was concerned about
reports that Ukraine's army was preparing to storm cities in
south-east Ukraine including Slaviansk, according to a
statement from the foreign ministry.
The town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine has been turned into
heavily fortified redoubt by pro-Russian separatists.
On Saturday Ukraine said it was pressing on with an offensive
in the area for a second day, and had recaptured a television
tower and a security services building from rebels in
Kramatorsk, a town near the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk.
Steinmeier agreed that violence should halt, the statement