UNSC concerned about Donbas, to meet on Feb 2 amid Ukraine's presidency

01:32, 01 February 2017
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The United Nations Security Council says its members are concerned about recent escalation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and will address the issue at an open session on February 2 after Ukraine takes over UNSC presidency for the month.


"The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern about the dangerous deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine and its severe impact on the local civilian population," the UN Security Council said in a statement on deterioration of the situation in Donetsk region, Ukraine, issued in the early hours of Wednesday, February 1.

"The members of the Security Council condemned the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements along the contact line in Donetsk region that lead to deaths and injuries, including among civilians," it said.

The members of the Security Council expressed their full support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and underlined the need for strict compliance with Resolution 2202 (2015), which endorsed the "Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements."

The members of the Security Council called for an immediate return to a ceasefire regime, it said.

Read alsoOSCE monitors report civilian casualties in AvdiyivkaThe UN Security Council met to consider the Donbas escalation issue behind closed doors on Tuesday, January 31.

Ukraine's Mission to the UN tweeted late on that day that an open session of the UN Security Council on Donbas will be held on Thursday, February 2.

"UNSC and Ukraine as Prez as of tomorrow [February 1] will keep the situation in Donbas in the loop. Call for open session on Ukraine this Thursday 3PM [22:00 Kyiv time]," it wrote on Twitter.

Ukraine is taking over UNSC presidency for the month of February 2017.

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