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'Air strike' on Ukraine city is crime by Kiev against its own people, says Russia

Published on Jun 3, 2014 1:39 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a reported air strike on a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk that left at least two people dead was a crime by Kiev against its people.

"The authorities in Kiev have committed another crime against their own people," a statement on the ministry's website said. "Everything that has taken place (there) indicates the downright unwillingness of the Kiev authorities to move towards seeking ways for national accord in the country."

At least two people were killed and several injured on Monday in the explosion in Luhansk, which separatists controlling the eastern Ukrainian city said was the result of an air strike by the Ukrainian military.

This was denied by the Kiev side, which said it was caused by separatists who had launched a heat-seeking rocket at a Ukrainian plane but the missile had zeroed in instead on the rebel-occupied regional administration building.

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