Ukraine leader invites UN to join 'anti-terrorist operation'

Ukraine leader invites UN to join 'anti-terrorist operation'
A handout photo released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows Oleksandr Turchynov (L), speaker of the parliament and interim Ukrainian president (L), welcomes Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak during a meeting in Kiev on April 10, 2014.

KIEV - Ukraine's interim president on Monday invited the United Nations to join his army's "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Kremlin militants who have seized buildings in the ex-Soviet state's Russified east.

"We are not against and welcome if, with your assistance, we conduct a joint anti-terrorist operation in the east," the Ukrainian leader's office quoted Oleksandr Turchynov as telling UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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