President Poroshenko’s peace plan has generated a positive reaction at the United Nations and an appreciation that this step can help achieve peace and lead to dialogue, said Ukraine’s representative to the UN, Yuriy Serheyev, during an interview with Inter TV Channel, Sunday, June 22.
According to Serheyev, there is no chance that international representatives would take part in negotiations with representatives of terrorist organizations. One of the principles of the UN is “no dialogue with terrorists,” he pointed out. Continue reading →
New sanctions may await Russia if the Kremlin does not stop supporting separatists in the east of Ukraine.
The Unites States and their allies are working on a new sanction package, stated the assistant to the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who accused Moscow of supplying the separatists with tanks and missile systems, on Monday. Meanwhile Russia has introduced yet another resolution project to the UN Security Council, which contains the call to a ceasefire in the east of Ukraine, dialogue with the involvement of all sides and humanitarian aid to the population which has suffered from the results of military action.
“We call on our partners in the Security Council of the United Nations to convene an urgent meeting of the Security Council,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaking to reporters on Thursday, May 22, at one of the military units near Kyiv.
“We will provide evidence that the Russian side has carried out attempts to escalate the conflict, causing bloodshed, and attempts to capture Ukrainian border застав frontier and to disrupt the presidential election,” said Yatsenyuk. He made it known that last night there was a fourth attempt to break through the state border of Ukraine with Russia: “From the Russian Federation three KAMAZ vehicles escorted by a Niva off-road vehicle tried to break through the state border of Ukraine.” Continue reading →
Mustafa Dzemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Speaking at the UN Security Council.
MUSTAFA: The topic of the meeting is “Human Rights in the Occupied Territories”.
Mostly we focused on this issue, and particularly Valentina Samar. I spoke about the situation in general, about the legal grounds of the occupation, about Russia’s faulty reasoning, and about my concerns. Among them, first of all, is the fact that sanctions against this aggressor are like pinpricks to an elephant. If nothing changes, it is highly doubtful that Russia will leave the territory it occupied. Should this approach prevail, Ukrainians will feel cheated, and rightfully so. There is already a growing narrative that we were cheated and we need to return our nuclear status.
JOURNALIST: What more assertive actions would you like to see from the West? Military actions?
UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned against using the crisis in Ukraine as a justification for the desire to obtain nuclear weapons. He said this at the beginning of the nuclear security summit, which takes place from 24 to 25 March in The Hague, according to news agency AFP. “In Ukraine’s case, the security guarantees were fundamental condition of Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” – said Ban Ki-moon.
According to the UN Secretary General, the reliability of the guarantees provided to Ukraine by the Budapest Memorandum is “seriously undermined” by the current events in the Crimea. According to Ban Ki-moon, the consequences of conflict around the Crimea for the national security of Ukraine and for national regulations on non-nuclear weapons are deep. “But this cannot justify the desire for nuclear weapons, which would only have increased the insecurity and isolation,” he added.
This speech, by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, is a “watershed” moment between the world after Helsinki in 1975 and the world post-2014. Therefore, we believe it should be noted on our blog:
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York, NY
March 15, 2014
The United States deeply appreciates the support from our colleagues around this table and from the many states who have called for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine.
This is, however, a sad and remarkable moment.
This is the seventh time that the UN Security Council has convened to discuss the urgent crisis in Ukraine. The Security Council is meeting on Ukraine because it is the job of this body to stand up for peace and to defend those in danger.
We have heard a lot each time the Security Council has met…
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović stated at a press conference in Kyiv, March 14, that believes that citizens of another country are taking part in current protests in Ukraine. “Certain protesters were not from this region, and that means they were brought in from another country,” he stated, adding that such cases must be investigated.
Šimonović said he is concerned about those injured and killed as a result of the protests in the regions, especially in Kharkiv and Donetsk, and stressed that those responsible for killing people on Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, including the snipers, must be found. Continue reading →
Armed provocations in Crimea involving multiple deaths will be “scheduled” to coincide with the UN Safety Council meeting.
A clarification to the statement of the Deputy Minister of Internal of Affairs of Ukraine, Mykola Velychkiv, in which he said that on the night of March 3rd, a murder of 3 or 4 Russian soldiers is planned by unidentified parties disguised as Ukrainians.
According to the information received by the Information Resistance group, several days ago, the Russian military had received orders to capture firearms from the Ukrainian military. They succeeded at this mission – the occupants removed firearms from at least one of the Ukrainian military units.
Preliminary data indicates that these weapons are planned to be used in provocations that will result in killings – with the intention to “find” firearms code-marked as belonging…
Ban Ki-moon: I have just spoken directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone. I told him that I am closely following the serious and rapidly unfolding developments in Ukraine. I am gravely concerned by some of the recent events, in particular those that could in any way compromise the unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the country. It is crucial to restore calm, and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation. Cool heads must prevail, and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis. I appeal to President Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in Kyiv.Continue reading →
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 webtv.un.org.
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 →