The press statement on the latest developments in Donbas, prepared and submitted by the Ukrainian side, was successfully approved by the UN Council by unanimous decision. Oleg Nikolenko, the speaker of Ukraine’s permanent office in the UN, said this as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.
‘The Ukrainian delegation submitted the draft statement on the situation in Donbas, and specifically in Avdiivka. The document enjoyed support of all members of the Council,’ the official said.
The Council members expressed grave concern over the continuous escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the use of heavy weaponry that is banned by Minsk agreement, which resulted in casualties among the military and civilians both.
The Council urged the conflicting sides to implement the ceasefire immediately.
State of emergency was declared in Avdiivka on January 31, due to the worsening security situation there. Numerous artillery strikes badly damage the infrastructure, cutting residential blocks from electricity and water supplies, heating systems and communications. Local authorities claimed they were ready for massive evacuation of civilians, although it could be avoided yet. Law enforcement agencies, public utility services and rescue teams help civilians cope with the humanitarian crisis; they deliver water, food, medications and other items that people are short of in Avdiivka. Common citizens collect warm clothes, food and medicines and send them to the war-torn town. Some patients, primarily the disabled and critically ill, were evacuated to other medical facilities.