UN Accuses Russia Of Blocking Ukraine War Solutions
The remarks came during a UN Security Council video conference convened by Moscow to mark the sixth anniversary of the so-called Minsk II accords, agreed in February 2015 to end the war in the Donbass region.
"We call on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, cease its support for its proxies and other armed groups, and implement all of the commitments it made under the Minsk agreements." A joint declaration condemning ongoing instability in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions was issued by European members of the Security Council, as well as Germany, which along with France co-sponsored the Minsk accords between Moscow and Kiev.
"We again call on the Russian Federation to immediately stop fueling the conflict by providing financial and military support to the armed formations it backs, and we remain deeply concerned about the presence of Russian military equipment and personnel in the non-government-controlled areas of Ukraine.
" Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, rejected the Western condemnation and accused Ukraine of not implementing Minsk accord measures, with backing from French and German "protectors." He also accused Kiev of "total indifference" to Donbass residents.
France's ambassador to the UN, Nicolas de Riviere, pushed back against Russia's claims and called the statements against France and Germany "unfounded." Rosemary DiCarlo, under-secretary-general for political and peace-building affairs, said until a sustainable political solution is found, the situation on the ground will remain "fragile." "The risk of backsliding is real if negotiations become deadlocked," she said.
"We are deeply concerned by the increase in security incidents in several hotspots along the contact line in recent months. This dangerous trend needs to be quickly reversed." Ukraine has been fighting separatists backed by Russia in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Donbass since 2014 following Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.