July 11, 2014 - Russia at the UN


This is a clip from "The Attempted Siege of Donetsk I"

Russia's representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin spoke in New York:
I'd like to say a few words about the situation in the east of Ukraine. We are deeply disturbed by the continued violence in eastern Ukraine. As it turns out the much-touted so-called Poroshenko peace plan turned out to be nothing more than a smokescreen for an intensified punitive operation in the east of the country, which is taking an increasing toll on the lives of civilians and for that matter on the lives of combatants as well.
The international community with the active role of Russia has tried to produce an impetus for a political settlement of the situation there. As you know, Russia actively participated in preparing 2 documents which in our view should be seen as the basis for a political outcome of the current crisis in Ukraine... which are basically being ignored by the Kiev authorities, continuing their military onslaught on the east of the country, with a population of close to 5 million people...
The Geneva statement of April 17[80] talks of ending violence, the joint Berlin declaration of July 2,[81] the first paragraph of that declaration talks of sustainable ceasefire but so far the military operation tragically continues... 
We believe that the Security Council should express deep concern about the increasing number of casualties among the civilian population - including women and children - as a result of intensified combat operations, as well as about the destruction of civilian infrastructure.
..and we have over 100,00 refugees from Ukraine in Russia, we have several thousand people crossing the border every day, we have civilian infrastructure and villages and towns shelled, attacked by artillery and aircraft. This is an intolerable situation. But simply producing an ultimatum that people must capitulate and be subjected to a witch hunt which we see happening in Slavyansk for instance which has been taken over by Ukrainian armed forces, this is not something which we see as realistically happening. So in order for things to happen first of all there must be a sustainable ceasefire.. 
I do hope that the realisation will come to the members of the council who were blocking our efforts in the council, that something must be done. That simply this idea that, you know, people in the east are wrong and the Kiev authorities are right and Russia is to blame for everything, this is not going to lead anywhere.[82]

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