Kerry warns Russia of 'consequences’

Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBrazil wants U.S. to pay not to raze Amazon Overnight Energy: Biden will aim to cut US emissions in half by 2030 | Oil and gas leasing pause on public lands will last at least through June The era of climate statecraft is here MORE warned Russia on Saturday that Moscow faces "additional consequences" if it doesn't take steps to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and pull back troops from its border.


During a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kerry expressed strong concern that attacks by armed militants in eastern Ukraine have been orchestrated and synchronized, similar to previous attacks in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, according to a White House read-out of the call.

On Saturday, troops wearing the same uniform as Russian forces that invaded Crimea in February occupied police headquarters in the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk, The Associated Press reported.