Constructive dialogue needed between Kiev and Moscow, says Ban Ki-moon

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the phone (file photo).

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing to call for restraint and direct and constructive dialogue between Kiev and Moscow, according to his Spokesperson.

Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone on Monday to Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.

Mr. Turchynov had previously invited the United Nations to join his army’s "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian militants, who on Saturday stormed Ukrainian government buildings in the east of the country.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

In the phone call, he also expressed his great concern over the ongoing disturbances and notably the reports of civilians being armed and activity by armed groups on both sides. He noted that the Ukrainian authorities had been exercising restraint and said that he hoped this restraint would continue in an effort to de-escalate the situation and find a peaceful solution.  (20″)

The Secretary-General is expected to speak to an unnamed senior Russian official in the coming hours.

The Security Council met late on Sunday evening to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

It heard how following close to two weeks of relative calm, militants had seized government buildings and confiscated lethal weapons in Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkiv.

Last month, the Ukrainian region of Crimea voted to secede from the country and join the Russian Federation, a move which was branded illegal by much of the international community.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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