Alarmed by Reports of Fighting Spreading in Ukraine Secretary-General Calls on All Parties to Contribute to Conflict’s Peaceful Resolution

28 August 2014
SG/SM/16106

Alarmed by Reports of Fighting Spreading in Ukraine Secretary-General Calls on All Parties to Contribute to Conflict’s Peaceful Resolution

28 August 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/16106
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Alarmed by Reports of Fighting Spreading in Ukraine Secretary-General Calls


On All Parties to Contribute to Conflict’s Peaceful Resolution


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is alarmed by reports that fighting in eastern Ukraine has spread southward, near the border of the Sea of Azov and the Russian Federation.  If confirmed, this will mark a dangerous escalation in the Ukrainian crisis.


The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further, nor can a continuation be allowed of the violence and destruction that the conflict has wrought in eastern Ukraine.


The Secretary-General notes the recent talks in Minsk on 26 August, as well as the first official meeting between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia.  He calls for continuity of these talks, with a view to forging a peaceful way out of the conflict.  All must do their part to contribute to the peaceful resolution of this conflict, in a manner upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.


* *** *

For information media • not an official record
For information media. Not an official record.