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By Lara Jakes and Robert Burns
Copyright: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry accused Moscow on Tuesday of accelerating the crisis in Ukraine instead of sticking to an agreement to ratchet back tensions, and said NATO partners should step up efforts to lessen Europe’s energy dependence on Russian oil.
Kerry’s comments were part of a two-punch pushback on Russia by U.S. diplomatic and military officials. At the Pentagon, a spokesman said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised concerns with his Russian counterpart about “irregular military troops” under Moscow’s influence that are operating in eastern Ukraine.