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29 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18655

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the commitment by the parties to implement a permanent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on the occasion of the start of the new school year. He stresses the need to ensure that the ceasefire is sustainable and calls on all parties to fully abide by its terms, especially in order to protect the civilians who suffer most from the ongoing hostilities.

09 Jul 2017 description

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,

I want, first of all, to express my very deep gratitude to President [Petro] Poroshenko for his very warm welcome and his invitation that allowed me to be here today.

31 Mar 2017 description

SG/SM/18479

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Trilateral Contact Group of a new agreement on ensuring the full adherence to the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, in accordance with the Minsk agreements, by 1 April, and on the disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanytsia Luhanska by 6 April.

17 Aug 2015 description

SG/SM/17012

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is seriously alarmed by the recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, which has reportedly resulted in the death of civilians on both sides of the contact line. Aware of reports of harassment aimed at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, he expects all parties to fully respect the OSCE's role, personnel and facilities.

29 Apr 2015 description

SG/SM/16711

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the International Ukraine Support Conference, delivered by Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), in Kyiv today:

I am pleased to convey my greetings to all those gathered for the International Ukraine Support Conference.

12 Feb 2015 description

SECRETARY-GENERAL
PRESS RELEASE

SG/SM/16527

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has closely followed the intensive diplomatic efforts of the leaders of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus, over the past two days. He commends their perseverance in efforts to bring this violent conflict to an end, which has resulted in the signing of a package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk accords of September 2014.

25 Jan 2015 description

New York, USA, 24 January 2015

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's rocket attack on the city of Mariupol, which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left over one hundred injured. He notes that rockets appear to have been launched indiscriminately into civilian areas, which would constitute a violation of international humanitarian law.

05 Dec 2014 description

SG/SM/16395

Secretary-General
Statements and Messages
Press Release

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by Michael Møller, Acting Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva, at the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held in Basel, Switzerland, from 4 to 5 December:

23 Aug 2014 description

The Secretary-General follows with deep concern reports that a Russian aid convoy has crossed the border into Ukraine without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities. While recognising the deteriorating humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine.

14 Aug 2014 description

New York, 12 August 2014

Good afternoon everyone. It is a great pleasure to see you. It has been about two weeks since I saw you last. The world continues to experience tumult and turmoil, with several crises occurring at the same time. I would like to say a few words about three of the emergencies.

First, the situation in Iraq.

19 Mar 2014 description

Secretary-General
SG/SM/15710

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in Ukraine. Since the beginning of this crisis, the Secretary-General has urged all parties to avoid hasty steps in this already complex and tense situation.

01 Mar 2014 description
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Kyiv, 1 March 2014

Following the consultations in the United Nations Security Council yesterday, the Secretary-General requested me to go to Crimea as part of my fact-finding mission. I have since been in touch with the authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and have come to the conclusion that a visit to Crimea today is not possible. I will therefore proceed to Geneva, where I will tomorrow brief the Secretary-General on my mission and consult with him on next steps.

19 Apr 2011 description

Kiev, Ukraine, 19 April 2011

Your Excellency, President Victor Yanukovych,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Distinguished Ministers,

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I thank President Yanukovych for his vision in organizing this conference long before issues of nuclear safety made it back to the world's front pages.

Distinguished participants,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Twenty-five years ago, the explosion at Chernobyl cast a radioactive cloud over Europe and a shadow around the world.

26 Apr 2005 description

SG/SM/9839

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

Today marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. Almost two decades later, the three countries most affected -- Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine -- continue to grapple with daunting social, economic, and environmental consequences.

The challenge posed by Chernobyl has evolved over time.