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Kremlin calls on France and Germany to ensure east Ukraine tensions do not cross rubicon

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MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday called on France and Germany to use their influence with the Ukrainian government to make sure that events in eastern Ukraine, where tensions have been rising, did not cross a rubicon.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Moscow was seriously concerned by an uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine on the contact line between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces whom he accused of illegal shelling.

Moscow, he said, was using its own influence with pro-Russian separatists. He said a resumption of full-scale military conflict in eastern Ukraine would be a "red line". (Reporting by Dmitry Antonov and Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)