UN Chief Voices Deep Concern over Unrest in Eastern Ukraine

New York, April 13 (QNA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
voiced his deep concern over the deteriorating situation in eastern

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating
situation in Eastern Ukraine and the growing potential for violent
clashes,” said a statement issued here by his spokesman Saturday

“The Secretary-General stresses that further disturbances will not
serve the interests of any side,” the statement said.

A new wave of unrest erupted in Ukraine’s east last weekend, when
pro-Moscow activists seized several government buildings in the
cities of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov, demanding a referendum on
autonomy and closer ties with Russia.

Earlier Saturday, about a dozen gunmen seized a state security
building and a police station in Slavyansk, a town about 100 km north
of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

The armed men initially occupied the police station, where they
seized at least 400 handguns and 20 automatic weapons, Ukraine police
said in a statement.

The attack on the police station was followed up with the storming
of the state security building. Casualties and hostages remain

In the statement, the secretary-general “appeals to all sides to
work towards calming the situation, adhere to the rule of law and
exercise maximum restraint.”
“He calls again for urgent and constructive dialogue to de-escalate
the situation and address all differences,” said the statement.

“The United Nations stands ready to continue to support a peaceful
resolution to the current crisis facing Ukraine,” it added. (QNA)

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