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OSCE chief visits Ukraine refugees in Russia, calls for fighting to stop

The secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is visiting a camp in Russia for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine's east and calling for the fighting to stop.

According to the Interfax news agency, Lamberto Zannier said Thursday that the conflict in the east "is craziness which must be stopped."

Zannier's appearance before the refugees at a holiday complex in Dmitriadovka, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Ukrainian border, underlined the prominent role being played by the OSCE in the Ukraine crisis. Russia, which Kiev and the West allege has fomented the separatist unrest in the east, has spoken strongly in support of an OSCE-proposed "road map" for ending the conflict.

Russia says some 30,000 people have fled the fighting.