UN chief visits Ukraine to discuss Crimea crisis

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is visiting Ukraine on Friday as part of his diplomatic efforts to help resolve the crisis in Crimea.

Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to meet with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

On Sunday the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea held a referendum on secession from Ukraine to join the Russian Federation, a move which was widely condemned by the international community.

Before going to Ukraine, Mr. Ban was in Moscow where he met with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The Secretary-General stressed the need to employ every possible diplomatic tool to solve the Crimea crisis which, he said, has grave political and economic ramifications.

He said he would continue to fulfil his duty as Secretary-General to engage with all relevant parties.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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