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Kiev accuses Moscow of shelling Ukrainian territory

Iran Press TV

Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:24PM GMT

Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling Ukrainian territory from across the border amid continuing tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

"Over the past day, for the first time since the signing of the Minsk agreement, the shooting of Ukrainian territory restarted from the side of the Russian Federation," Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said on Friday, referring to an agreement signed in the Belarusian capital earlier in September.

The Ukrainian military official claimed that Moscow targeted a border post in the violence-stricken Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine.

Lysenko's allegations against Moscow come as US Vice President Joe Biden met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on the first anniversary of the protests that led to the ouster of former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Meanwhile, Biden severely criticized Russia for its "unacceptable" policy toward the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying it would only result in Moscow's isolation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier accused "the US and an array of European states" of supporting "an anti-constitutional armed coup" in Ukraine, referring to the ouster of Yanukovych.

The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev's military operation started in mid-April in a bid to crush the protests.

On September 5, a truce agreement was inked by the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in an effort to halt the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The shaky two-month truce between Kiev and pro-Russians has been violated almost daily, with a continued blame game going on between the two sides.

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