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Russia ‘Seriously Concerned’ as Fighting Picks Up in Ukraine

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A man stands in an apartment damaged from a shelling attack in Yasinovataya, Ukraine on August 1.

A man stands in an apartment damaged from a shelling attack in Yasinovataya, Ukraine on August 1.

Photographer: Mikhail Sokolov/TASS via Getty Images

The Russian government is “seriously concerned” by an uptick in fighting in Ukraine’s easternmost regions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The latest violence breaches the peace accords signed in Minsk, Belarus, which are already in a dire state, Lavrov said Monday at a news conference in the Azeri capital, Baku. The situation in the area known as Donbas has worsened dramatically in recent weeks, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Daniel Baer said during a July 29 conference call.