U.N. chief Ban spoke to Putin, alarmed about Ukraine crisis

by Reuters
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 17:49 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation on Tuesday and expressed his alarm at the highly volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, Ban's press office said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General ... underlined that any deepening of the crisis would be profoundly detrimental for all concerned; hence the need for everyone to work to de-escalate the situation," the statement said. (Reporting By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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