Actions that undermine Ukraine's territorial integrity must stop: UN chief

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

People who are trying to destabilize Ukraine and undermine its unity and territorial integrity have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to halt their activities.

Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors.

He spoke as the crisis continued in Ukraine with one region in the eastern part of the country declaring itself the "People's Republic of Donetsk".

Mr. Ban said that over the past weeks, there has been much violence but little dialogue to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. 

"I call on all those who have sought to undermine Ukraine’s unity, territorial integrity and stability to immediately cease such actions. The authorities in Kiev must also continue to respond to such acts with maximum restraint and within the parameters of Ukrainian law and international human rights principles. I urge all sides to find a way back to the spirit of compromise that was exhibited on April 17th in Geneva, and to implement the provisions of that agreement without delay." (35″)

Mr. Ban appealed to all the people of Ukraine to express their grievances and aspirations peacefully, including by casting their ballots in the presidential elections on May 25th.

He said there is still time to halt the descent of Ukraine into what he called a "full-blown conflict".

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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