“If Russia is serious about peace, it should follow through on the Minsk [agreements], which it agreed to more than four months ago," Power said, calling Russia’s new offer an “occupation plan,” Ukraine Today reports. . 

Power also criticized the Kremlin for attempting to legitimize the presence of its troops in Ukraine’s east, and accused Russia of trying to blame Ukraine for being not interested in peace after President Petro Poroshenko turned down Russia’s offer.

When Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, took the floor, he blamed the United States for the current surge in violence in eastern Ukraine.

Churkin said  the United States had taken a destructive role following the escalation Ukrainian crisis.

Meanwhile, Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine's ambassador to the UN, drew attention to the fact that the militants had intensified their attacks, saying they had “received reinforcements from the territory of the Russian Federation.”

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