UN believes Donbas terrorists are Russian citizens, diplomat says

UN-UKRAINE-SECURITY COUNCIL

Yuriy Serheyev

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

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Depends on Putin 

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. 

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Ukraine Has Appealed to the UN to Convene an Urgent Meeting of the Security Council, Says PM Yatseniuk

May 22, 13:04

yats“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

Interview with Mustafa Dzemilev at the UN Security Council

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?

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UN chief: Nuclear States violated obligations to Ukraine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 14:59

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.

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Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, After a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014

US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power’s watershed speech on UN Security Council Resolution on Ukraine vote (full text)

Voices of Ukraine

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:

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York, NY
March 15, 2014


AS DELIVERED

Madame President,

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…

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UN representative says foreigners involved in Ukraine’s protests

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