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Russia vows to get Ukrainian separatists to comply with deal

Sergey Lavrov, Federica Mogherini Sergey Lavrov, Federica Mogherini | Photo: AP.

April 24, 2017 07:42 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed to use Moscow's influence to get Ukraine's separatist rebels to comply with a cease-fire deal.

Lavrov made the promise at a news conference Monday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after talks in Moscow.

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An American member of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe's monitoring mission was killed and two others wounded Sunday in eastern Ukraine's separatist-controlled Luhansk region when their vehicle hit a mine.

The U.S. State Department has called on Russia to use its influence on the rebels to improve security in eastern Ukraine.

Both the Russia-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government blamed each other for laying the mine. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 9,900 people since it began in 2014.

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