Ukraine: Top quotes of participants of the UN Security Council meeting
The meeting took place in New York on December 11
Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN
We are here because Russia continues to occupy Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea, in defiance of international law, in defiance of its treaty obligations, the Helsinki Final Act, and the resolution passed by 100 members of the UN General Assembly that rejected the phony Crimea referendum and that called for Ukraine’s territorial integrity to be respected. Its authorities there have opened criminal cases against critics of the occupation and specifically targeted the Tatar community, subjecting them to beatings, arbitrary detentions, and police raids.
All sides must seize the opportunity to bring this conflict to a peaceful end. This year has seen some progress in this direction, with fewer casualties and some limited weapons withdrawals, and now is the time to implement Minsk and settle this conflict. This would allow the people of Ukraine to resume normal life and focus on building the democratic, European society that Ukrainians have fought and in many cases died for.
Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine
We expected all provisions of the Minsk agreement to be fulfilled by the end of the passing year. It didn't happen, and the peace is not there yet. One can only make peace if he wants peace. Ukraine does, because peace is our chance to survive.
We will not sacrifice our freedom, and after the war is over, we will make our own decisions and choices. Whoever thinks he can break Ukraine... he's wrong.
Linas Linkevicius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania
Russia-backed militants should leave Donbas, withdraw their heavy weapons, release and exchange prisoners. Local elections in Donbas that are slated for spring 2016 can't be held under gun barrels, so the militants should leave to ensure fair and free election.
Vitaliy Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN
The tension grew in the last few weeks as Ukrainian troops attack the vicinities of Donetsk. That only makes the situation more complicated, as 2 million people reside in the areas located close to the frontline. The humanitarian situation is critical - the locals living near the frontline are cut from water and power supplies.
The ultimate solution of the conflict in Donbas depends on many things, including political will of all parties. That, unfortunately, Ukraine lacks.
Russia refused to hand over Alexander Kolchenko to Ukraine 21 October, 21:39
Searches at Kseniya Babych: Russia may have plan to threaten journalists 21 October, 16:40
Normandy Four meeting preserves EU unity in support for Ukraine 21 October, 15:58
Searches at Kseniya Babych: Journalist reveals details 21 October, 20:34
- UA & EU20:19"PACE considers not expulsion of Russia but maintaining current status quo", - Ariev
- POLITICS19:33"Yesterday I was judged in Russia and today will be judged in Ukraine", - Savchenko
- SOCIETY18:45Sentsov placed in punishment cell for 15 days, - sister
- POLITICS18:00Belarus MFA handed protest note to Ambassador of Ukraine due to forced return of aircraft
- POLITICS17:12Ukraine is waging two wars - with Putin's occupiers and crime, - Lutsenko
- SOCIETY16:24Forensic psychological examination of Klykh showed he is mentally healthy
- POLITICS15:36Kyiv to seek Sentsov and Kolchenko's extradition under exchange procedure, - source
- SPORT14:51Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina threatened in Moscow
- SOCIETY14:03Belavia’s passenger plane forcibly landed in Zhuliany airport in Kyiv
- POLITICS13:13Lutsenko: Every third local prosecutor replaced across Ukraine
SOCIETY 10:30, 18 July Matriculation campaign 2015: new challenges for Ukraine
17:04, 21 October Search at Kseniya Babych: interview at the Investigation Committee
18:52, 20 October Russian law enforces conduct more searches in houses of Crimean Tatars