MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Hostilities that have again been provoked by Kiev lead to inevitable escalation of the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website on Wednesday.
"Alarming reports have been coming from the south-east of Ukraine," the ministry said. "On January 27, Ukrainian security forces launched an artillery and rocket attack on the city of Luhansk and its suburbs. Also, the Kiev, Kuibyshev, Petrovsky districts of Donetsk and the cities of Gorlovka and Yenakiyevo came under fire."
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that "68 shelling attacks on civilians, aside from attacks on the positions of people’s self-defense militia have been recorded over the past 24 hours." "As a result, there were casualties among civilians," the ministry said. "Homes, life support facilities, social and transport infrastructure of the region are being destroyed," the commentary says.
"Hostilities that have again been provoked by Kiev lead to inevitable escalation of the conflict, undermine the international community’s efforts for the cessation of bloodshed, search for a political settlement to the Ukrainian crisis," the ministry said.