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Russia's foreign minister says Ukraine 'ridiculous' for expecting full cease-fire observance

  • Russia-backed rebels sit on an armored transporter driving to the airport outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Ukrainian troops held captive in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began digging through the rubble Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in a bitter battle for the city's airport. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Russia-backed rebels sit on an armored transporter driving to the airport outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Ukrainian troops held captive in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began digging through the rubble Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in a bitter battle for the city's airport. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russia-backed separatist fighters stand on self propelled 152 mm artillery pieces, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Russia-backed separatist fighters stand on self propelled 152 mm artillery pieces, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152 mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A Russia-backed separatist fighter sits in a self propelled 152 mm artillery piece, part of a unit moved away from the front lines, in Yelenovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine,Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire.

Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that the stand is "ridiculous."

"Everyone understands that there isn't an ideal truce and an ideal regime of ceasing fire," he said.

Ukrainian military spokesman Lt. Col. Anatoliy Stelmakh on Thursday said cease-fire violations during the night were relatively few, but included shelling the village of Pisky on the outskirts of Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city.

He reiterated that Ukrainian forces would not begin the weapons pullback envisioned under a peace accord until attacks have ceased. The rebels claimed Tuesday to have begun their pullback, but that has not been independently confirmed.