February 3, 2017 / 4:04 PM / in 10 months

Kremlin says it hopes pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels have enough ammunition

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he hoped that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine had enough ammunition to respond to what he called aggressive actions by the Ukrainian army.

Local residents are seen in REUTERS/Gleb Garanich a building which was damaged during fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in the government-held industrial town of Avdiyivka, Ukraine. The Moscow-backed rebels and government forces trade blame for the flare-up in the industrial east that has caused the highest casualty rate since mid-December and cut off power and water to thousands of civilians on both sides of the front line.

“The main thing is to persuade Kiev to drop such reckless actions which are capable of undermining the Minsk peace process,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of carrying out fresh artillery attacks on frontline residential areas in eastern Ukraine, resulting in civilian casualties on both sides.

Reporting and writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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