“The conflict is causing suffering to the people living on both sides of the contact line.

The growth of tension in and around Ukraine, which we have observed this year, inspires deep concern, ”RIA Novosti quoted Linde as saying.

The Swedish diplomat expressed concern about the lack of progress towards a political settlement with "respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity" within the internationally recognized borders.

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, previously noted that the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass speak of offensive actions by the Ukrainian army on a number of points in the southeast of the country.

Russia called on the EU to objectively study the state of affairs in Ukraine.