The ongoing conflict in Ukraine may be settled only through dialogue, compromises and on the condition that the parties honor their commitments, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
"The crisis can only be solved through genuine dialogue and compromises, and through all parties honoring their peace commitments," Ban said in an interview with Interfax.
"It is an illusion to imagine that this crisis can be resolved militarily or that it is somehow in people's real interests to keep it in some form of frozen conflict, in limbo," Ban said.
The secretary-general said he was "gravely concerned that we are heading towards a complex, protracted conflict, threatening the progress and long-term stability of the country and its neighbors."
The UN will continue to support all efforts to peacefully settle the conflict in Ukraine, "including through its Human Rights Monitoring Mission and response to the ever-increasing humanitarian needs of the population in eastern Ukraine as a result of the hostilities," he said.
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