Ukrainian flags in front of the House with Chimaeras, Kyiv. Photo: UNDP Kyiv

As violence continues to roil eastern Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated today his appeals to all parties ahead of Sunday?s scheduled presidential elections to redouble their efforts to help create the conditions that will allow voters across the crisis-torn country to safely cast their ballots.

?The Secretary-General is dismayed by the deadly overnight attack against a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine,? said a statement issued by Mr. Ban?s spokesperson in New York.

According to media reports, renewed clashes between anti-Government groups and Ukrainian security forces near the eastern city of Donetsk left at least a dozen soldiers dead overnight.

With only three days before presidential elections, the Secretary-General, in the statement, appealed to all parties to redouble their efforts and help create the necessary conditions so that all eligible voters throughout the country could cast their ballots in a free and fair environment and without fear for their safety.

?Voters across Ukraine should see the elections as an opportunity to help move the country on to a more inclusive and stable trajectory while also determining the country?s leadership at a pivotal moment,? the statement concludes.

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