Ban Ki Moon heading to Russia and Ukraine: UN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to the media after a briefing on Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York on March 14, 2014. Ban is heading to Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening c
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks to the media after a briefing on Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York on March 14, 2014. Ban is heading to Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening conflict between them, his office said on Wednesday. - FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is heading to Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening conflict between them, his office said on Wednesday.

Mr Ban will meet with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday and with Ukraine's interim leaders President Olexsandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev on Friday.

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