WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Violence in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists has put a strain on a ceasefire clinched nearly a month ago between the sides, the State Department said on Friday.
“Russia must use its influence with the separatists and end these attacks immediately,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing. “Clearly recent events have put a strain on the ceasefire,” she added.
Psaki said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a 10-minute phone call earlier on Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to “express his concern about intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine.”
Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Susan Heavey