Russia accused Ukraine of "violating" an Easter truce after at least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them.
The Right Sector denied any role, saying Russian special forces were behind the clash in Slaviansk.
"The Easter truce has been violated," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Tensions remain high in eastern Ukraine after at least three died in a day of shooting during what was supposed to be an Easter truce.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, the Ukrainian Prime Minister warns of the dangers of unchecked Russian expansion and aggression.
Russia, the US and the EU say that all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in Ukraine at talks in Geneva.