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Russia holds military drills near Ukraine border

Friday, December 05, 2014 - 02:03

Ukraine FM Klimkin says his country needs ''everyone to deliver on the ceasefire'' while Russia's Lavrov says it is wrong of the West to blame Moscow for the crisis. Jennifer Davis reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Russia is holding conspicuous military drills in the south of the country, not far from the Ukraine border. Russian officials say the four day exercises are designed to allow their pilots to practice their skills in new new fighter jets and bombers. The exercises come amid a a continuing war of words over Russia's intentions in eastern Ukraine. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the West is wrong to blame Moscow for ongoing clashes between Ukranian government troops and Russian-backed separatist rebels. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "If they want to blame us for everything that's happening, if they want to convene a forum where we're represented as the party that is to be blamed, it is totally wrong, it is a wrong thing to do. They should not think of satisfying their ideological interests, they should only think of settling the conflict in Ukraine." But the conflict is far from settled. There were new outpourings of grief in a residential district of a rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine Friday - as shells landed, spraying shrapnel that killed a man and injured his wife. It was not clear who had fired the shells. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin says his country is suffering, even though a ceasefire was signed three months ago. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, PAVLO KLIMKIN, SAYING: "We need everyone to deliver on the ceasefire and now everyday, we have 30 or 40 cases of shelling from the terrorists, breaking the ceasefire. We have human losses and human suffering every day. So it's about real delivery, it's about deeds and not just commitments and words." The European Union is urging Russia not to drag the Western Balkans into its deepening rift with the West over Ukraine, a reflection of growing concern that the region risks becoming yet another point of East-West tension.

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Russia holds military drills near Ukraine border

Friday, December 05, 2014 - 02:03