Indiscriminate shelling in Ukraine strongly condemned by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The Indiscriminate shelling of civilians in urban areas of eastern Ukraine has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Reports say civilians are running for their lives as pro-Russian separatists pound government-held towns in and around Donetsk.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

In a statement the UN Secretary-General expressed his concern over the situation in eastern Ukraine, particularly the plight of civilians trapped without basic services in the city of Debaltseve.

He says the rebel offensive continues and civilians are dying on a daily basis.

Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to immediately move their military positions away from densely populated civilian areas.

He said he supports the proposal by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a temporary truce to allow the immediate evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve.

Secretary-General Ban also reiterated his call for a sustainable ceasefire to take hold and for urgent diplomatic and political action.

Approximately 5,000 people are reported to have died since the conflict broke in eastern Ukraine in April last year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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