Speaking to students in Moscow ahead of key talks on the conflict in Minsk, Belarus, Lavrov (above) said he would be focusing on agreeing an "immediate and unconditional ceasefire." He added that the Ukrainian military must pull back from positions from which it can hit civilian targets, Al Jazeera reported.
"We are for an exclusively peaceful resolution of that most serious crisis, that tragedy," he said.
The talks will feature representatives from the "contact group" on Ukraine, which includes Russia, Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists, and members of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe.
Talks in Minsk between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, last week ended without any breakthrough being made.