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UN Chief Regrets Deadly Violence in Ukraine After Decentralization Vote

© REUTERS / Heinz-Peter Bader UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - Sputnik International
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regrets the violence that broke out Monday outside of the Ukrainian parliament after it backed constitutional changes to devolve greater powers to eastern regions, Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said late Monday.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The backing of the amendment in the first reading triggered clashes in the country’s capital Kiev between riot police and nationalists from the Svoboda and Radical Party political movements. One police officer was mortally wounded in a grenade blast, while over 100 people were injured.

"The Secretary-General is following with concern the recent developments in Kyiv, following a vote in the Verkhovna Rada to amend the constitution in relation to decentralization. He deeply regrets that today's events resulted in loss of life and serious injuries," Dujarric told reporters.

Ukrainian national guard officers carry an injured colleague to an ambulance outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The spokesman said that Ban called on all parties involved to "exercise maximum restraint" and resolve their differences through peaceful, lawful means.

Ukrainian authorities agreed to give greater autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the country’s southeast as part of their peace deal with local militias. Under the Minsk peace agreement, reforms to the Ukrainian constitution are to be passed before the end of 2015.

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