July 19, 2014 / 6:35 PM / 4 years ago

Ukrainian president urges UN to call rebels part of terrorist groups

KIEV, July 19 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the United Nations on Saturday to label rebels fighting Ukrainian forces in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk as belonging to “terrorist organisations”.

During a telephone conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Poroshenko’s press service quoted the leader as saying: “The president of Ukraine urged the U.N. to condemn the actions of terrorists and to recognise the so-called “DNR” (Donetsk People’s Republic) and “LNR” (Luhansk People’s Republic) as terrorist organisations.” (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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