UN chief arrives in Russia to discuss Crimea crisis

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is arriving in Russia on Thursday where he is due to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis in Crimea.

The Ukrainian autonomous region held a referendum on Sunday to decide to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, a move which was branded illegal by much of the international community.

Russian troops have taken to the streets of Crimea, and President Putin has reclaimed the region as part of Russia.

Ban Ki-moon's office said his trip is “part of his diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to resolve the current crisis peacefully.”

On Friday he is expected to travel on to Kiev the capital of Ukraine, where he will hold talks with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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