News in Brief 17 August 2015 (PM)

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A reminder of the deadly destruction in the conflict in Mykolaivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

"Alarming" escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine

The recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, which resulted in the death of civilians, has been described as of "serious alarm" to the UN Secretary-General.

Government forces and pro-Russian rebels have been fighting in the region since April of last year.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to fully abide by the spirit of the Minsk agreements, which established a ceasefire last February.

The UN chief also reiterated the United Nations' support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Violation of ceasefire in Mali condemned by UN

The violation of the ceasefire in Mali has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA.

Armed confrontations reportedly took place in the Kidal region on Monday and during the weekend.

As a result, the mission has announced that an observation and verification team is on its way to establish the facts.

A coup d’état in the West African country in early 2012 continues to breed instability and violence.

Assassination of Burundian Colonel condemned by UN chief

The assassination of Colonel Jean Bikomagu, the former Burundian army chief of staff, has been condemned by the UN chief.

He was reportedly killed by unknown assailants in the capital Bujumbura on 15 August.

Ban Ki-moon said he is troubled by the trend of politically-motivated violence in Burundi.

UN chief "shocked" by explosion in Thailand

The Secretary-General said he was shocked to learn of the explosion in Thailand's capital Bangkok on Monday, close to the Erawan shrine.

According to the latest media reports, the blast killed close to 20 people and injured more than 120.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of Thailand.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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