Russia must 'refrain from any acts' that could escalate Ukraine crisis: U.N. chief

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon looks on during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Monday on Russia to avoid actions that might worsen the situation in crisis-hit Ukraine.

"I urge the Russian Federation to refrain from any acts... that could further escalate the situation," Ban said to the press ahead of a scheduled meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.





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