UN Secretary General calls for urgent de-escalation measures in Donbas

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on aggravation of conflict in the Donbas and called for urgent de-escalation measures.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Korrespondent, it is said in a statement released by the UN Secretary General.

"The Secretary General is seriously alarmed by the recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, which has reportedly resulted in the death of civilians on both sides of the contact line. He is aware of reports of harassment aimed at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and expects all parties to fully respect the role of its personnel and facilities," the UN statement reads.

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The UN chief called on all sides "to continue with dialogue and to fully abide by the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, including as related to the use of heavy weapons." In this regard, he insisted on taking "urgent steps to de-escalate the current situation."

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The Secretary General stressed the need to provide "unrestricted and unconditional access for critical humanitarian assistance, and freedom of movement for civilians throughout the country." He also expressed support "for the Ukraine's unity and territorial integrity and stability."
Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council decided to temporarily close transport corridors across the demarcation line in the Donbas near the villages of Maiorsk and Zaitseve.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n348107