UN chief "deeply concerned" about situation in eastern Ukraine

UN chief "deeply concerned" about situation in eastern Ukraine
# 08 April 2014 03:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "deeply concerned" about a fresh wave of unrest in eastern Ukraine and urged to "defuse tensions," a UN spokesman said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Ban "urges all with responsibility and influence over the situation" to defuse tensions and encourages all to express themselves peacefully to calm the situation, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General, at a regular briefing held at the UN headquarters.

Pro-Russia activists seized several government buildings in eastern Ukraine Sunday, demanding closer ties with Moscow and a referendum to give more powers to local authorities.

Ukrainian Interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Monday accused Russia of stirring up a fresh wave of unrest by fomenting separatist sentiment in eastern Ukraine. On March 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty for Crimea to become part of Russia.

The UN decided last month to establish the human right mission upon requests from Ukraine and some civil groups, in an effort to provide an objective assessment of human rights situations in the country.

According to Haq, the mission has set up field offices in Lviv, Odessa, Donetsk and Kharkhiv and has been doing staff recruitment for the four offices.

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