UN Security Council discusses Ukrainian crisis | News
The Security Council of the United Nations (UN) will hold a session on Thursday ahead of the seventh anniversary of the Minsk Agreements, in which it is expected to discuss the crisis on the Russian-Ukrainian border and, in particular, about the conflict in Donbas.
Russia announces departure of its military convoys from Crimea
The meeting is preceded by letters from the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine, Vasili Nebenzia and Sergiy Kyslytsya, respectively, who accuse each other of violating the status quo around the independent republics in Donbas.
It was just Russia who convened this Thursday’s meeting of the Security Council, in the context of the rotating presidency held by Moscow of that UN body.
According to Nebenzia, Ukraine is currently in breach of the Minsk Agreements and intends only to apply them in parts, but the country that they want to sanction is Russia.
On the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry published the text of Moscow’s written response to the United States on security guarantees. According to Russia, Ukraine, if it joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), could try to invade Crimea, dragging the US and its allies into an armed conflict with Russia.
According to Moscow, the de-escalation around Ukraine requires that Kiev implement the Minsk agreements, stop supplying weapons to Ukraine and withdraw those already supplied, withdraw all Western advisers and instructors, and that NATO cancel its exercises with Ukraine.
Ukraine complains about the gesture adopted last Tuesday by the Russian Parliament, which asked President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independent republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Kiev believes that this step “further aggravated threats to both Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the global security architecture following the Russian Federation’s ongoing military build-up in the vicinity of Ukraine’s borders.”
Behind the smokescreen of idiotic hysteria about the ���� invasion, the ���� AF continue real, not imaginary, criminal shelling of civilians in the Donbass. Possibly w/ ammunition granted by the West. But no one in the MSM will bother to care. Hypocrites covering up war criminals. https://t.co/l8ZcPqWcTE
— Alexander Alimov (@A__Alimov)
February 17, 2022
The day has been marked by bombings in the conflict area and accusations between the independent republics and the Ukrainian Army about the start of them.
The Minsk Agreements, signed between September 2014 and February 2015, laid the foundations for a political solution to the conflict, but they did not achieve an end to the violence.