Russia Provides UN Security Council with Appeal by “Legal President” Yanukovych

On March 3, 2014, the UN Security Council met again on Ukraine to hear further from Russia on its involvement in Crimea. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, explained afterwards in a statement to the media that Russia “called for this emergency meeting of the Security Council to explain, as fully as possible, our position on the current situation in Ukraine.”

During the meeting, Russia presented a letter to the Security Council said to have been written by Viktor Yanukovych and submitted by President Putin, in which Yanukovych, who Russia claims is still the “legal President” of Ukraine, seeks assistance from Russian Armed Forces to restore law and order in the country. Ambassador Churkin provided the following translation to the media after the session:

“Statement by the President of Ukraine. Continue reading

Comments by Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, on the situation in Ukraine

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations

The following is a transcript of comments by H. E. Mr. Vitaly Churkin following a meeting of the UN Security Council on 28 February 2014. A recording is available at

Well, you know the Russian Federation is of course at least as interested as anybody else in the stability and prosperity of Ukraine. In fact, I would claim that, for obvious reasons of geography and history, we are much more interested in that than some others who profess their knowledge about which way Ukraine and the Ukrainian people would like to go. And maybe this is one of the reasons of the current crisis in Ukraine, that too many visitors were claiming they knew the path which the Ukrainians should be taking, rather than allowing the proper political process in that country. Continue reading