UN Security Council to convene on Ukraine crisis

Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent military build-up in eastern Ukraine.

UN Security Council to convene on Ukraine crisis

World Bulletin/News Desk

The UN Security Council will convene an emergency session Wednesday to address the recent movement of Russian arms in eastern Ukraine, with Kiev and its allies accusing Moscow escalating the tension. 

The announcement came as tensions between the West and Russia continue to worsen following a Nov. 2 pro-separatist self-rule referendum in the eastern part of the country .

The EU and NATO have denounced the poll as illegitimate, and said it undermined efforts to resolve the conflict. Russia recognized the vote, however, and separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko was sworn-in as head of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said several dozens of military convoys carrying ammunition and fighters crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia amid the growing tension.

White House National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan voiced concerns Sunday about the movement of heavy weapons and tanks as the fight escalated in the eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. 

She said that numerous reports, including from the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, revealed that pro-Russian separatists were moving large convoys of heavy weapons and tanks to the front lines of the conflict. 

EU and NATO officials have also expressed similar concerns.

At least 3,600 people died and 8,700 people were wounded during the conflict between mid-April and Oct. 6, the UN Human Rights Office said in a report last month.

A fragile truce has been observed since Sept. 5, although hundreds have been reportedly killed since the agreement.

The Security Council meeting will be chaired by the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN Security Council, which heads the organization in November.

 

Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2014, 10:54
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