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Ban welcomes release of abducted military observers, urges calm as violence spreads to Odessa

Print 3 May 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release earlier today of European military monitors and accompanying Ukrainian staff abducted a week ago in the country’s crisis-torn eastern region, even as he expressed sadness at the loss of life amid fresh violence in the port city of Odessa. In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the UN chief expressed his appreciation to all who helped facilitate their safe release, including Russia. The…