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Ukrainian government 'must be open' to views of all

12 May 2014 Last updated at 10:23 BST

The Ukrainian government must be "open" to the views of citizens of all languages in Eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Scherba has said.

His comments come as pro-Russian separatists in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have claimed victory in a "self-rule" referendum.

Mr Scherba, ambassador-at-large in the Ukrainian foreign ministry, added that Ukraine must hold "full political dialogue" without prejudice.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 12 May.