(CNBC/Worthy News)-- Russia demanded on Thursday that the Ukrainian government stop its military operation against pro-Russian separatists and urged the United States and European Union to press Kiev to avert a "catastrophe" in the former Soviet republic.
"We once again demand that the Kiev authorities stop the fratricidal war and start a real national dialogue with all political forces and representatives of the country's regions," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"We again call on our Western partners to use all their influence on Kiev to stop Ukraine's slide into national catastrophe."
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