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 Russia Is the Architect of the Violence in Eastern Ukraine - Russia Criticized at Urgency UN Meeting

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Russia called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, but some Council members accused Russia of being the cause of the crisis it seeks to contain. No country supported Russia's proposal to send a humanitarian aid convoy.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia is willing to send a humanitarian aid convoy with full international supervision of the convoys, transport routes and the distribution of the aid, Censor.NET reports, citing Vioce of America.

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Britain's ambassador Mark Lyall Grant was skeptical, saying Russia's support of armed rebels is responsible for the worsening humanitarian situation in the east.

"We agree that there needs to be an end to violence. We agree that alleviating humanitarian distress is a matter of priority; but Russia cannot credibly present itself as supporting the people of eastern Ukraine when it is the architect of the violence that afflicts them," said Lyall Grant.

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U.S. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo noted that Russia has the means to end the instability.

"Russia can stop all of this. The surest way to end the violence is for Russia to stop the flow of fighters, weapons and money from Russia into eastern Ukraine. Russia has the ability to get the separatists it supports to lay down their arms, sit at the negotiating table and work to implement President Poroshenko's peace plan," said DiCarlo.


 
 
 
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