UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of political talks to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine during a meeting on Tuesday.
Mr. Putin and Ki-moon discussed the current crisis in Ukraine and Syria today at the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
“The Secretary-General and President Putin agreed that the crisis [in Ukrinae] can only be resolved politically and through an inclusive dialogue,” a UN spokesperson said.
The UN chief said that the upcoming Ukraine presidential election on May 25 is an important move “towards long-term peace and stability” in the country.
Ukraine has suffered internal turmoil for the last few months as the country begins its journey towards becoming a greater nation.
Starting with the protest in the country’s capital, Kiev, which led to the ousting of former President Viktor Yanukovych, followed by the annexation of the country’s peninsula region, Crimea, by Russia in March, Ukraine has faced difficult challenges.
Since April, pro-Russian separatist, who desire greater autonomy from Ukraine, have revolted against the Kiev government by taking government and administrative buildings in dozens of cities throughout the eastern part of the country, fighting Ukrainian military forces, and recently in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, holding referendums on May 11 for independence.
In the last two weeks, pro-Unity activist, who support a united Ukraine, have risen up against the pro-Russians. In the city of Mariupol, steel workers took to the streets to begin establishing order in a region that is in turmoil and confusion because of the current crisis.