Russia warned over eastern Ukraine tensions

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov
John Kerry warned Sergei Lavrov that Russia must de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Parspix/ABACA

Secretary John Kerry has warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Washington will impose more sanctions on Russia if tensions did not de-escalate in eastern Ukraine, a US official told the Reuters news agency.

The telephone call between the two follows a vow from Ukraine's interim government to step up anti-terror operations after the body of a pro-unity politician was allegedly found brutally tortured.

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Russian govt: We will respond to attack on our interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has warned Ukraine his country will respond if its interests are threatened. Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced new "anti-terrorist" action against separatists in eastern Ukraine.