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Moscow says it's willing to invite Ukraine to monitor parts of the border together


A part of the mortar shell is seen in front of a sign that reads 'Slovyansk', after heavy fighting between pro-Russian fighters and Ukrainian government troops just outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The rebels fled Slovyansk, a city of 100,000 that had been their stronghold, over the weekend as Ukrainian troops mounted an offensive. They left behind a city heavily damaged by fighting and riven by vehemently differing views. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (The Associated Press)

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow is willing to invite its Ukrainian counterparts to monitor the border together.

Pro-Russia rebels have been fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine for more than three months, leaving at least 400 dead. Kiev has accused Moscow of supplying the rebels with weapons and smuggling them across the border. Moscow denies this claim.

Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Russia could invite Ukrainian border guards to patrol the border together at two border posts. Lukashevich added, however, this would only be possible in case of a cease-fire.

The rebels have several Ukrainian border posts under their control and Ukraine has unsuccessfully demanded them back.