Contents tagged with UN

  • UN: Battle of Idlib could become worst humanitarian catastrophe of 21st century

    The United Nations has warned that a full-scale war in the province of Idlib in north-western Syria could turn into the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century, because many thousands of the three million inhabitants of this region could be killed.

    According to the UN, many civilians were already killed in the air and ground strikes by the Syrian army and its Russian allies last week, and more than 30,000 people were forced to abandon their homes.

    Nearly half of Idlib’s three …

  • UN calls for increase in humanitarian aid for Donbas residents

    The United Nations called for measures to protect Ukrainians suffering from active hostilities in the Donbas, as mentioned in the statement on the 10th commemoration of World Humanitarian Day on the website of the United Nations Office in Ukraine.

    United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani made a public plea for “increased support by the international community to scale up much-needed humanitarian assistance to respond to the large-scale humanitarian needs …

  • Ukrainian President calls for closing the border with Russia

    The Kremlin must agree to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission to the separatist-held areas of Donetsk and the Luhansk region including the Ukraine-Russia border, stated Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko after talks with the head of the European Council Donald Tusk and the chairman of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

    “I believe, that the only way to change the situation, is to seal the uncontrolled areas of the Ukrainian- Russian border with the aggressor state and ensure the …

  • UN: Escalation southern Syria will be like battles for Aleppo and Ghouta combined

    The United Nations warned that a full-scale battle in the southwest of Syria could affect the population and area similar to those affected by the battles for Eastern Ghouta and Aleppo combined.

    UN special envoy for the Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura told the UN Security Council that such a battle could exacerbate tensions with Israel and jeopardize the small progress being seen in international political negotiations, which are focused on efforts to establish a constitutional committee. …

  • Ukraine: UN Human Rights Council is in crisis

    Ukraine understands US concern about the effectiveness of the work of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), as stated in a commentary by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Sergiy Kyslytsya, that was released on Wednesday, June 20.

    "We understand the position of the United States of America and their concerns about the effectiveness of the HRC. The US decision on early termination of membership in the Council was not a surprise. More than a year ago, the United States, at a meeting of the UN …

  • Kyiv asks UN to ensure that Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia have access to doctors

    Ambassador of Ukraine Yuriy Klimenko appealed to the United Nations with a request to ensure that doctors have access to the Ukrainian political prisoners who are in Russia, reported the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.

    “Since every hour is crucial for Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia whose health continues to deteriorate, we appeal to the UN special rapporteur and call for ways to ensure their right to health care and access to …

  • Ukraine files memorandum with UN Court of Justice containing evidence of Russia's involvement in 'financing of terrorism'

    On June 12, Ukraine filed a written memorandum with the UN International Court of Justice in its case against Russia regarding Russia’s violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

    This was stated on the Facebook page of President Petro Poroshenko.

    "It is very symbolic that the International Court of Justice selected June 12 - Russia Day - to file a Memorandum," …

  • UN Secretary-General to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup and meeting with Putin

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia next week, where he is to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attend a World Cup soccer match in the country.

    UN representative Stéphane Dujarric said on June 12 that the Secretary-General will be in Russia on June 20-21. In addition to meeting with Putin, he is scheduled to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

    During the two- …

  • Poland proposes to appoint UN special representatives for Ukraine

    Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacek Czaputowicz, proposed that the United Nations appoint a special representative for Ukraine, Radio Svoboda reports.

    “We discussed this idea with Polish experts,” Czaputowicz stated following a meeting of the Security Council regarding the Ukrainian issue. “I consulted with Pavlo Klimkin and we decided to bring this idea to the agenda.”

     Czaputowicz did not specify any particular candidature for this post, noting that “different people can apply for …

  • Ukraine intends to demand UN recognize Russia as sponsor of terrorism

    Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal wrote on her Facebook page that Ukraine plans to submit a memorandum on Russia's violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism to the International Court of Justice.

    “The fact that everybody knew why Russia used its veto at the UN Security Council in 2015 and blocked the creation of a tribunal to investigate the circumstances of the crash of the MH17 flight has been proven …