New York

27 June 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ukraine

The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned over the situation in eastern Ukraine but he welcomes recent measures toward de-escalation of hostilities, including consultations among all sides and the extension of the reciprocal cease-fire for a further period of three days. The Secretary-General expects all sides to strictly adhere to their commitments and urges concerned parties to work toward a definitive cessation of violence through a political process.

The Secretary-General also welcomes the release of four international OSCE monitors on 26 June. He calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the four monitors still held in captivity.