Russia has proposed a new draft resolution on Ukraine at the UN Security Council (UNSC), amid the worsening humanitarian situation and escalating conflict in the country’s eastern regions.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN envoy and current UNSC president, said the new draft resolution contains parts of two earlier presented drafts, which included calls for humanitarian aid, a ceasefire, and a national dialogue in Ukraine.
Churkin added the new draft also includes several other issues raised by Security Council members, such as Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
Western UNSC members said they will consider Russia’s draft resolution; however, they believe there is no humanitarian crisis in Ukraine that requires the Security Council to take action.
Churkin said that Moscow is willing to work with Ukrainian authorities in delivering aid; however, its proposal has been rejected by Kiev. According to Churkin, Moscow has found alternative ways and means of getting humanitarian help into neighboring Ukraine.
Furthermore, Churkin commented on the situation in eastern Ukraine, saying over 100,000 thousand people have fled across its border to escape violence in the regions.
The Russian envoy said that eastern Ukrainian towns and villages are being attacked daily with artillery, tanks and planes and that many towns have no drinking water because energy and water supplies have been targeted.
Ukrainian troops have been carrying out military operations since mid-April to crush pro-Russia protesters in the east of the country. The Ukrainian army’s military actions were intensified after the Donetsk region together with Lugansk declared independence on May 12 following local referendums, in which the two provinces’ residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.
The government in Kiev says it is targeting armed protesters, but reports say that many civilians have been caught in the shelling that has been going on for days.