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Russia’s latest decision violates Ukraine’s territorial integrity, says UN chief

According to reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially recognized the breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent states.

In a statement released by Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, the head of the United Nations called for the “peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, as confirmed by the Security Council in resolution 2202 (2015)”.

Furthermore, Guterres considered Russia’s decision “a violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and inconsistent with the principles of the United Nations Charter.”

End Hostile Behavior, Immediately

Amid intense artillery shelling in eastern Ukraine by opposition parties, the concentration of Russian troops is said to continue to increase at the country’s borders.

The Secretary-General called on all parties concerned to focus their efforts on “ensuring the immediate cessation of hostilities, the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the prevention of any action and No statement could further escalate the dangerous situation in and around Ukraine and prioritize diplomacy to resolve all issues peacefully.”

Mr. Dujarric assured that in accordance with the relevant General Assembly resolutions, the UN remained fully in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, within internationally recognized borders.

The head of the United Nations planned to make and pay an official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but in the face of the worsening situation in Ukraine, he canceled the mission.

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