Secretary-General alarmed by continued violence in east Ukraine

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm at the continuing violence in eastern Ukraine.

According to media reports, renewed clashes between anti-Government groups and Ukrainian security forces near the eastern city of Donetsk left at least a dozen soldiers dead over the weekend.

Presidential elections were held on 25 May in most of Ukraine.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon however welcomed the fact that elections took place in a generally "peaceful and orderly manner and largely in line with international standards".

The UN Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General is alarmed by the continuing violence that we have seen in the east over the weekend, where clashes in Donetsk left dozens dead. The Secretary-General urged that the restoration of state control over government facilities be achieved through exclusively peaceful means, including an inclusive political dialogue. And obviously we very much regret the deaths of the journalists killed covering the story."  (27″)

The Secretary-General said he was concerned, however, that eligible voters were denied the right to vote in parts of eastern Ukraine.

A United Nations human rights official recently reported that the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine are now awash in weapons and the scene of numerous cases of illegal detentions and abductions.

And in the east of the country, apart from security challenges, the situation has worsened due to common criminality and its rise.

Sophie Outwaite, United Nations.

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