Shelling of a bus in Ukraine condemned by UN chief

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

The shelling of a bus in eastern Ukraine which resulted in the death of at least 11 civilians has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The incident reportedly happened on Tuesday at a government checkpoint south-west of Donetsk which is controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said the incident must be investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

The Secretary-General said he was deeply disturbed at the renewed escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire that was agreed in September.

He pointed out that the attack was a stark reminder of the urgent need to halt the violence that has already claimed over 4,800 lives, displaced more than one million people and continues to cause needless harm and suffering to countless civilians.

The Secretary-General called on all sides to respect the truce and return to the implementation of the Minsk agreements which he said "remain a solid base for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine."

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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