MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday urged the United States to support Russia's call for setting up a humanitarian mission in Ukraine.
In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov called for urgent measures to prevent the humanitarian catastrophe in southeastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.
"The escalation of Kiev's army operation, which violates the Geneva Statement of April 17, the Berlin Declaration of July 2 and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2166, leads to numerous casualties among civilians, including children, and the destruction of critical infrastructure facilities," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.
Kerry assured Lavrov that Washington was working on the issue with Kiev, the foreign ministry said.
They also discussed the deteriorating situation in Iraq and supported its authorities' fight against militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), stressing the importance of coordinated international anti-terrorism efforts.
During an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, Russia and the UN called for humanitarian aid corridors to be established in conflict-scarred eastern Ukraine.
However, Ukraine's acting permanent representative to the UN, Oleksandr Pavlychenko, said that "there is no humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the situation is manageable."
Moreover, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry rejected the Russian initiative in a statement released on Friday.