France, Germany, Poland, Belgium and the United Kingdom together with Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden expressed their full support to Ukraine as they approached the media with a joint statement prior to the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on February 12. Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations on behalf of the five European Union members and three others read the statement.
“We as member states of the European Union fully support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders. After five years of conflict the deteriorating security situation in Eastern Ukraine has had an increasing impact on the civilian population in particular – the most vulnerable, living in the non-government control areas and along the line of contact where people are under continuous threat of shelling,” Jonathan Allen said.
The UN Security Council was convened on Russia’s initiative, on February 12 at 3 p.m. (10 p.m. Kyiv time) in New York.
Fourth anniversary of the Minsk Agreements was the declared reason, though the Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the UN notes that the real purpose is to divert attention from the discussion Russian Aggression against Ukraine at the UN General Assembly.
While the 2015 Minsk agreements are the only agreed framework for a negotiated peace in eastern Ukraine, they remain largely unimplemented, senior United Nations and other officials told the Security Council today, urging all parties to the conflict to uphold their commitments to uphold a permanent ceasefire.