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Donetsk militia ready for ceasefire to prevent further humanitarian catastrophe

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Donetsk region militia says it is ready for a ceasefire to stop the humanitarian catastrophe deteriorating, the self-proclaimed Republic’s prime minister said.

“We hope that the international community will influence the bloodthirsty Kiev government,” Aleksandr Zakharchenko said as cited by RIA Novosti.

The statement comes as the UN voiced serious concerns over the situation in eastern Ukraine.

“Innocent civilians trapped in the fighting continue to lose their lives,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.

Ban promised that the UN will continue to “actively and closely” follow the situation, and if there is further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, or if nationally-led response efforts are not sufficient to meet humanitarian needs, the organization will be “ready to consider additional measures of support.”

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