Europe

Deeply concerned about eastern Ukraine, Ban welcomes extension of cease-fire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the extension of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and, with continued deep concern about the situation there, urged all sides to honour their commitments and work within a political process.

UN refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine

Some 16,400 people fled their homes in crisis-riven eastern Ukraine during the past week, bringing the number of displaced within the country to 54,000, according the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Despite recent positive steps, Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told

While there have been several steps recently to help de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, including a ceasefire that seems to be holding and the start of peace talks, the situation on the ground remains deeply worrying, senior United Nations officials reported to the Security Council today.

UN chief hopes Ukraine peace plan will reduce violence, ease tensions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed a peace plan put forward by Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, and said he hopes it will reduce violence and tensions in the eastern part of the country.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in eastern Ukraine

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing earlier this week of two journalists covering the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

UN cites total breakdown of law and order as ‘climate of fear’ grips eastern Ukraine

With United Nations monitors reporting today that armed separatists have used killings, abductions and torture to instil a “climate of intimidation and fear” in eastern Ukraine, the world body’s human rights chief urged all armed groups to put down their weapons, end the violence and begin the process of long-term reconciliation.

Security Council expresses condolences for journalists killed in Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council today voiced its deepest condolences to the families of all journalists who have been killed while covering the crisis in Ukraine, and encouraged a thorough investigation of all such incidents.

Ban welcomes successful conduct of Kosovo assembly elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the successful conduct of assembly elections in Kosovo and called on authorities to remain committed to strengthening democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights of all living there.

UN political chief attends Ukrainian president’s inauguration, reiterates support for new government

The top United Nations political official today concluded a visit to Ukraine where he reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s commitment to supporting the country, and held meetings with senior Government and civil society representatives.

Senior UN official urges broad participation in Kosovo assembly elections

The most senior United Nations official in Kosovo has today stressed the critical importance of maximum participation of all communities in assembly elections slated for this Sunday.