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UN Special Debate On Ukraine Scheduled For February 2019

Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine in the UN

Ukraine pushed the UN to hold a discussion regarding Russia in the UN, it scheduled the meeting for February 2019. 

This is the fifth anniversary of the Russian invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea.

Ukraine recently pushed for a resolution damning Russia for its behavior in the Black Sea and the militarization of the Sea of Azov. 

The reason for the special debate has not been announced but there are many reasons.

  • Russia is building up its forces for an apparent preparation for an invasion of Ukraine. 
  • Ukraine officially announced Russia is preparing a Chemical Weapons attack against innocent civilians in Donbas. 
  • Russia is holding 24 Ukraine soldiers, including 2 SBU counterintelligence agents in Moscow on criminal charges.
  • Russia has de facto restricted travel through the Kerch Straits in contravention of international law and a 2003 treaty between Russia and Ukraine. 
  • Russian media is consistently attacking and maligning Ukraine in the media, inundating real news with propaganda. 

Russia is being held in the spotlight, which Russia does not like. Russia has yet to be held accountable for invading Crimea and Donbas and supporting ongoing terrorist actions inside Ukraine.

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UN General Assembly special debate on Ukraine scheduled for February

The date of debate matches with the anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine

08:42, 30 December 2018

Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine in the UN stated that special debate on Ukraine scheduled for late February in the UN General Assembly, reports Ukrinform. 

‘We made this decision through the so-called General Committee of the General Assembly, which adopts the agenda for the whole next year. Russia has not done without resistance. It was hard. Since it is an additional source of major concern for Russians. They hate it,’ the diplomat said. 

Yelchenko added that the possibility of appointing such debate appeared owing to the inclusion of the separate item on the issue of Ukraine in the autumn of 2018 in the agenda of the General Assembly for 2019. At the same time, he clarified that it is not yet known whether decisions will be made on the results of the debates, although he does not exclude this possibility. 

Earlier, on December 17, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution ‘The problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov’. 66 countries voted in favor, 19 were against, 72 abstained.  

The resolution urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Crimea and terminate the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory. It also condemns the military build-up of Russia in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.


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