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Resumption of armed fighting in Ukraine underlines need for new dialogue efforts - UN

October 02, 2014, 22:45 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
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UNITED NATIONS, October 2. /TASS/. In the wake of resumption of armed fighting in Ukraine the UN calls on the parties to the conflict to commit themselves to dialogue and peaceful resolution of the outstanding problems, Stephane Dujarric, the official spokesperson for the Secretary General told reporters Thursday in a comment on combat actions in the area of Donetsk airport.

He admitted that he had not seen personally the reports on what had been happening at the airport but the UN officials had seen resumption of fighting in various parts of Ukraine, including the shelling of a general school in Donetsk.

Dujarric said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was urging everyone to engage in a political dialogue once again and to abide by the agreements reached by the Contact Group for Ukraine in Minsk. They envision, among other things, a ceasefire between the forces loyal to the Kiev government and self-defence units of the breakaway unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

A TASS correspondent said in a dispatch from Donetsk earlier the city was again subjected to artillery shelling of various degrees of intensity Thursday night and explosions of shells could be heard even in the downtown.

The sounds of exploding shells could be heard in the downtown areas, too. A source well-familiar with the situation told TASS fighting for control of the Donetsk airport continued.

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