The United Nations Security Council convened late on Monday night in New York in an emergency session after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced the formal…
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The United Nations Security Council convened late on Monday night in New York in an emergency session after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced the formal recognition of two separatist regions of eastern Ukraine.
This followed a statement from the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressing concern at the Russian decision to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk – two regions that with Moscow’s backing have been in a low-level conflict with Ukraine since 2014.
Guterres said he considered the decision to be inconsistent with the UN Charter.
This was echoed by the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo in her briefing to the Council.
“It is with great concern and sadness that I brief the Council this [Monday] evening on the unfolding dangerous situation in and around Ukraine. In his statement, the Secretary-General was clear. He considers the decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the independence of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to be a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
“We very much regret this decision, which risks having regional and global repercussions. We also regret the order today to deploy Russian troops into Eastern Ukraine, reportedly on a “peacekeeping mission,” says DiCarlo.
In the video below, the United Nations slams what Russia calls a peacekeeping operation: