Ukraine Violence 'Unacceptable,' U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon Says

Image: Interior Ministry officers near anti-government rally in central Kiev
Interior Ministry officers walk in formation as smoke rises above Independence Square where anti-government protesters are holding a rally in central Kiev February 19, 2014. Ukrainian protesters poured on to a central Kiev square on Wednesday to confront police anew after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)Reuters

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the “unacceptable” violence in Ukraine, saying he is “shocked” and “gravely concerned” by the country’s crisis.

Ban added there should be an amnesty for those detained during the unrest, according to a statement.

“Preventing further instability and bloodshed is a paramount priority, and all sides must aim to return Ukraine to the path of prosperity and democracy as quickly as possible,” his statement read.