2 May, 18:15

Russia calls urgent UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Russia calls urgent UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss the "serious escalation of violence in Ukraine," where security forces have clashed with pro-Moscow separatists.

Russia has called for an extraordinary UN Security Council meeting on Friday in regard to the punitive operation by Ukrainian law enforcers in the country's southeastern city of Slavyansk, the Russian UN ambassador's press service said.

"The meeting is planned to be called in the morning [May 2 in New York]," the press service's head, Alexei Zaitsev, told RIA Novosti.

The meeting will be held at 10 am local time (2 pm GMT), according to the diplomat.

First, the Security Council will approve its work program in May, and then discuss the situation in Ukraine.

Kiev has launched an active phase of its special operation against the federalists in the eastern city of Slavyansk early Friday, using aviation and armored vehicles to crack down on the protesters.

Russia's Foreign Ministry called on Kiev to immediately halt the crackdown, and said it was breaching responsibilities of the April 17 Geneva agreement.

Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said Friday that having launched military operations in southeastern Ukraine, the authorities in Kiev have destroyed the last hope for the Geneva accords.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is following closely developments in southeast Ukraine, Pushkov said.

He gave a reminder that Putin had earlier described the possibility of any Kiev punitive operation as a "criminal action" adding that the latest developments on Ukraine prove the assessment was right.

Peskov also noted that after making the decision of punitive operations in southeastern Ukraine, Kiev authorities will have to take responsibility first and foremost before its people. Moscow has also called on Europe to assess events in South-Eastern Ukraine.

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