Russia’s foreign minister said an “immediate ceasefire” in Ukraine must be the priority for key negotiations taking place in Minsk on Monday, BBC reported.
Ukrainian troops “must leave positions from which they can harm the civilian population”, Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying in Moscow.
He added that there would be “no military intervention” from Russia in Ukraine.
“We are for an exclusively peaceful resolution of that most serious crisis, that tragedy,” Lavrov said.
Ukrainian and Russian officials are due to hold talks with separatist rebels and international monitors in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
Some 2,600 people have died in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April, after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula in the previous month.
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