The UN Security Council is holding a session today, on February 12 at 3 p.m. (10 p.m. Kyiv time) in New York.
Fourth anniversary of the Minsk Agreements is 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.
By calling a meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia has manipulated the instruments available to the Security Council and wishes to once again reproach Ukraine for failing to comply with the Minsk agreements, Kateryna Zelenko, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, has said.
It's been exactly fourth anniversary since the day of signature of Minsk agreements.
In February 2015, a large group of Russian troops and pro-Kremlin militants was about to encircle Debaltseve, a major transport hub in Donetsk region. In the view of the complicated situation, leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia tried to find a way to settle the crisis. On February 11, they met in the Belarusian capital for negotiations. The 13 provisions of the document stipulated a full bilateral ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry, and all-for-all exchange of prisoners of war.
Besides, Minsk Trilateral Contact Group was settled to find ways to solve the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. It includes Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE as the mediator.