UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported the proposal by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ivica Dacic for a temporary truce in Ukrainian town Debaltseve to evacuate civilians, UN press office reports.
"The Secretary-General remains gravely concerned over the situation in eastern Ukraine, particularly the plight of civilians. He condemns in the strongest terms reports of indiscriminate shelling and calls on both sides to immediately move their military positions away from densely populated civilian areas," reads the statement.
Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate cease-fire to evacuate civilians, noting that this proposal can only gain ground through good-faith negotiation. He also has reiterated his call for a sustainable cease-fire to take hold and for urgent diplomatic and political action.
"The signatories of the Minsk accords and the entire international community need to assume their responsibilities to ensure that this conflict ends," UN Secretary-General says.