: :inin Kyiv (EET)

UNSC reaffirms its position on Ukraine`s territorial integrity, except for Russia –Yelchenko

Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, says Ukraine has expressed its thanks to members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), except the Russian Federation, for their support of Ukraine`s territorial integrity.

The Security Council members have reaffirmed their strong position regarding the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine, including Crimea, Yelchenko told reporters in New York after the UN Security Council closed meeting that was devoted to the situation in Crimea.

Yelchenko said Ukraine was pleased with the UNSC position, except for one country.

Yelchenko also stated that he had asked his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin to provide the organization with evidence regarding Russia`s accusations voiced against Ukraine. Yelchenko said he could hear only words.

He also informed that Ukraine had sent an official request to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, urging them to gain access to Crimea, in particular, to those people who, as Russia claims, had been detained in connection with the so-called ”terrorist activity.”

According to Yelchenko, Ukraine has requested those organizations to report the results of their communication with the detainees to the OSCE and the UN Security Council.

As was reported earlier, the United Nations Security Council has held a closed meeting today to discuss Russia`s provocations in Crimea.


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