Russia concerned Ukraine military operation has `intensified`

Moscow is concerned Ukraine is stepping up its military operation against pro-Russian rebels despite having called a unilateral ceasefire, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Jeddah: Moscow is concerned Ukraine is stepping up its military operation against pro-Russian rebels despite having called a unilateral ceasefire, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

"The fact that the so-called counter-terrorist military operation has intensified in parallel with the advancement of a peace plan is a cause for much alarm and concern," Lavrov said on a visit to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Russia`s top diplomat, quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, also said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko`s peace plan announced on Friday did not go far enough.

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