"Grave concern" over renewed fighting in Ukraine

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said he is following with "grave concern" reports of renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine has been in turmoil since February when its president was forcibly removed from power after months of political unrest.

A unilateral cease-fire was declared on 20 June by Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, in order to give armed groups a “window of opportunity” to disarm.

Ban Ki-moon said he was extremely disappointed that the ceasefire "never achieved the momentum needed to end the violence."

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for Mr Ban.

"The Secretary-General reiterates that a continuation of hostilities can only further exacerbate an already precarious situation. He strongly condemns the persistent unlawful violence at the hands of armed militia groups and enjoins them to lay down their weapons and express their grievances peacefully and in accordance with international law."  (20″)

The Secretary-General renewed his call on all sides in Ukraine to not give up the idea of a ceasefire and work towards what he called "a definitive cessation of violence" through a continued political and diplomatic process.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

Duration: 1’12″

 

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