UN chief assesses Russia’s move to recognize Donbass Republics — Analysis

Antonio Guterres said Moscow’s decision to recognize two break-off republics in eastern Ukraine is “inconsistent” with international law

The United Nations is “greatly concerned” about Russia’s decision to grant recognition to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, deeming the move a violation of Kiev’s sovereignty. 

Soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Moscow would grant his wishes, I spoke. “immediate”Recognizing the two breakaway republics located in eastern Donbass on Monday, UN Chief criticised the decision and expressed support for Kiev’s government.

“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned by the decision by the Russian Federation related to the status of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine,” Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statementIt was also stated that UN Head is considering it “a violation of the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Ukraine and inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

Putin signs ‘immediate’ recognition of Donbass regions

Guterres also called for an increase in a “peaceful settlement”of conflict in Donbass, in accordance with a set of agreements reached in Minsk. “an immediate cessation of hostilities”And “preventing any actions and statements that may further escalate the dangerous situation in and around Ukraine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his government would be televised in an address broadcast Monday morning. “immediately” recognize the two republics – created in the wake of Ukraine’s 2014 EuroMaidan coup – and ordered the Russian military to “secure peace”In the newly-recognized republics, as a peacekeeping force.

Putin cited failures of the Minsk agreements in halting fighting between separatist forces and Ukrainian troops in the country’s east, saying Kiev is “not interested in peaceful solutions”And is it planning to? “Blitzkrieg”In the Donbass. A ceasefire was agreed after negotiations in 2014. and 2015. However, Putin claimed that Ukraine failed to give Donetsk and Lugansk the special status stipulated by Minsk.

Reacting to the decision, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he had requested an “urgent”Meeting at the UN Security Council “Russia’s illegal actions.”

The European Union similarly condemned the move, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling Russia’s decision “a blatant violation of international law, the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the Minsk agreements”While promising to bring sanctions in retaliation.

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