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UN chief says Ukraine ‘could spin out of control’

April 24, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that the situation in eastern Ukraine “could quickly spin out of control.”

A statement released Thursday by the office of his spokesman says Ban is “deeply concerned” about the continued violence in the region, and it stresses that “military action must be avoided at all costs.”

The comments came shortly after Ukrainian forces launched an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the region, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The operation killed at least two pro-Russia militants.

Russia’s defense minister has announced new military exercises for troops massed near Ukraine’s border.

“The stakes are now so high,” the U.N. statement says.

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