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A senior UN official has travelled to Kharkiv in Ukraine to meet with local authorities and discuss ways to de-escalate tensions in the country.
Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, will raise with the authorities the allegations regarding human rights violations.
He is also meeting with a range of civil society representatives.
Ravina Shamdasani is the Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"As you know Mr. Šimonović is there to assess the human rights situation in the region. He will call for respect of human rights and discuss options for the UN and international partners to assist in strengthening capacities where necessary. The main purpose of his visit is to stress that respect for international human rights laws is of paramount importance in trying to de-escalate tensions in the area."
The Assistant Secretary-General plans to travel to Lviv on Thursday.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.