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Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly rocket attack in Ukraine’s government-held port of Mariupol and denounced “provocative statements” made by pro-Russian separatist fighters.

Ban’s remarks came on Saturday after pro-Kremlin rebels announced a major new offensive and heavy rocket fire killed at least 30 people and wounded around 100 in Mariupol, a strategic port linking separatist territory with Russian-occupied Crimea. Ban “strongly condemns today’s rocket attack on the city of Mariupol,” a statement from his spokesman read.

“He notes that rockets appear to have been launched indiscriminately into civilian areas, which would constitute a violation of international humanitarian law.”  

The United Nations chief also condemned Friday’s “unilateral withdrawal from the ceasefire by rebel leadership, and particularly their provocative statements about claiming further territory”.
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