Lavrov dubs Donetsk bus stop shelling crime, provocation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dubbed the Thursday bombardment of a bus stop in Donetsk a provocation that disrupts the work efforts of the Normandy Four.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dubbed the Thursday bombardment of a bus stop in Donetsk a provocation that disrupts the work efforts of the Normandy Four.

"We are shaken by another barbaric crime in Donetsk where dozens of civilians were killed and mutilated in the Ukrainian army's attack on a public transport stop in the morning of January 22," says a statement by Lavrov posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Thursday.

Moscow regards this incident as "a crime against humanity and a blatant provocation aimed at undermining the effort towards a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, including progress that emerged after the recent "Normandy Four" meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France," the statement said.

The minister offered condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

According to the latest report posted by DPR authorities, the shelling of a bus stop in Donetsk on Thursday morning took thirteen lives and injured twelve people.

 

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