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The United States has called on Russia and separatist forces to "immediately" observe ceasefire in Ukraine.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States is closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and failure of Russian and separatist forces to abide by the ceasefire agreement.

He accused combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors.

The spokesman called on Russia and the separatist forces to withdraw all heavy weapons and allow full and unfettered access to monitors of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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