MOSCOW May 29 Russia demanded on Thursday that the Ukrainian government stop its military operation against pro-Russian separatists and urged the United States and European Union to press Kiev to avert a "catastrophe" in the former Soviet republic.
"We once again demand that the Kiev authorities stop the fratricidal war and start a real national dialogue," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding: "We again call on our Western partners to use all their influence on Kiev to stop Ukraine's slide into national catastrophe."
(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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