25.01.15 11:34

Russia blocks UN Security Council statement condemning bloody Mariupol shelling

The United Nations Security Council could not reach agreement on the statement condemning the rocket attack which occurred on Jan. 24 in the port-city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.

Great Britain proposed to make a joint statement condemning the shelling of Mariupol by terrorists, but it was blocked by Russia's mission, Censor.NET reports, citing Deutsche Welle.

The United Nations draft statement called for "an immediate de-escalation of violence," employment of the Sep. 5 truce between Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels and an "objective investigation" into the rocket attack which occurred on Saturday in the port-city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine. However, it has been blocked by the Russian mission, which has veto power as a permanent member of the council.

The text went on to read that rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko declared an attack against Mariupol "and condemned in the strongest terms such irresponsible announcements."

In response to the statement, Russia's UN mission said no agreement could be reached as Western diplomats have never been critical of statements or actions made by Kyiv.

Read also: 30 Mariupol residents were killed and 97 injured so far - City Council

The UN Security Council is supposed to meet again on Monday, January 26 to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

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