Ukraine asks for UN peacekeepers in restive east

PETER LEONARD Associated Press Published:

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities.

In a telephone conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Turchynov suggested that an "anti-terrorist operation" could be conducted jointly by Ukrainian security forces and UN peacekeepers, according to the presidential web site.