The head of Russian delegation to the UN Vitaly Churkin tried to spread false statements during a Security Council meeting on Friday, that Ukraine has not officially appealed to the UN with a request for a peacekeeping mission to the occupied areas of Donbas.
The permanent representative to the UN of Ukraine Volodymyr Yelchenko responded to Churkin’s attempts to distort the situation.
“Today, Russian delegation once again resorted to lies, this time saying that the Security Council did not receive a request from Ukraine for the deployment of a peacekeeping operation,” Yelchenko said after Churkin’s speech at the Security Council.
“For the record, at least twice Ukraine has officially addressed at the highest level to the Council, as well as to the Secretary-General with this request,” he added.
In this regard, he reminded about the Ukrainian president’s addressing to the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, approved by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament – RRT) on March 17, 2015. Yelchenko also noted that the document was registered in the UN Secretariat under the number S/2015/225.
“It is quite strange that a permanent member of the Security Council denies the existence of the document, which can be found in the United Nations Official Document System. So, I would like to ask the UN Secretariat to distribute paper copies of the Ukrainian request,” Yelchenko said.
Earlier on Friday, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Kislitsa spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council. He said he was surprised with the inaction of the Security Council in response to Ukraine’s direct request for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied regions of the Donbas.
In response, Russian representative Vitaly Churkin stated that “such proposals simply did not arrive to the Security Council”, accusing Kyiv of propaganda and attempts to divert attention from the implementation of the Minsk protocol.