Contents tagged with UN

  • Russian officer comes under fire in Syrian Douma

    A Russian officer was wounded while accompanying a group of UN security officers into the Syrian city of Douma, Kommersant reported, citing sources in Damascus. The work of the OPCW inspectors to investigate the chemical attack has once again been delayed.

    The article notes that Russia’s Defense Ministry has been unable to acquire a prompt comment.

    On April 18, Reuters reported that UN security staff had come under fire in Douma.

    On April 16, the US accused Russia of not giving international …

  • France: Russia neglects its obligations to UN

    France accused Russia of neglecting its obligations to the UN, both in 2013 with respect to its guarantee to destroy all chemical weapons in Syria, and now, by attempting to accuse the US, France and Britain of violating the UN Charter.

    A statement to this effect was made by François Delattre, France’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during an extraordinary UN session, Ukrinform reports.

    “The Security Council was unable to meet its obligations due to the systematic vetoes used by Russia. …

  • UN reports 230 civilians were killed over the past week in air strikes by Assad's and Russian air forces in Syria

    Over the past week, 277 civilians were killed in Syria, 230 of whom perished in air strikes by the government forces of Bashar al-Assad and their allies, including Russia. This data was presented in Geneva by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Saturday, February 10, Deutsche Welle reports.

    According to the UN, another 812 Syrian civilians were injured. "The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict," Al Hussein said. Most of the air …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus: conflict in the Donbas is the only conflict in which UN does not show any involvement

    The conflict in Donbas is the only conflict in the world in the postwar period that goes without any involvement of the United Nations, said Roman Bezsmertnyi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine (2010-2011) to Belarus on the ZIK TV-program.

    Commenting on the situation in the Donbas, Bezsmertnyi said it was important that Ukraine invoke all current pertaining laws, especially the Defense Law and provisions of the Martial Law.

    “Because I cannot resist the thought that some …

  • Ukrainian official: there are no prospects for peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    Ukraine’s representative in a subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, the former Prime Minister, former Minister of Defense, and former Chairperson of the National Security and Defense Council, Yevhen Marchuk, does not see the possibility a United Nations peacekeeping mission being deployed to the Donbas, as he discussed on the Fifth channel on Tuesday, January 2.

    “Frankly speaking, I have little hope that the peacekeeping personnel will help resolve anything in the immediate future,” …

  • Klimkin discusses Donbas peacekeepers and Crimea situation with UN secretary general

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with UN Secretary General António Guterres in New York to discuss the prospects of a UN peacekeeping mission to the Donbas, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Oleh Nikolenko told Ukrinform.

    According to Nikolenko, they also discussed matters of human rights protection and collaboration in the humanitarian aspect.

    “Pavlo Klimkin and UN Secretary General António Guterres discussed the prospects of bringing a UN peacekeeping mission into …

  • UN General Assembly to consider resolution on Crimea on December 19

    The United Nations General Assembly plans to consider a resolution on human rights in the annexed Crimea December 19, as reported on Twitter by the press service of the Ukrainian mission of the United Nations.

    “Voting in the UN General Assembly on the Ukrainian draft resolution entitled ‘Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)’ will take place on December 19,” the report said.

    Permanent Representative of the …

  • UN wraps up Donbas food program

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has decided to stop providing food and other humanitarian assistance to people of Ukraine affected by the Donbas conflict, as reported by a representative of the humanitarian organization.

    According to the spokesperson, the cessation of the supply of aid to the east of Ukraine in the next two months is due to a lack of funding for the WFP.

    According to the speaker, it has become increasingly difficult to continue implementing programs in Ukraine due to …

  • UN names Ukraine ninth in the world by the number of internally displaced persons

    Neal Walker, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Ukraine, has said that Ukraine ranks ninth in the world by number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

    "1.6 million Internally Displaced Persons are registered in Ukraine. Ukraine is the ninth largest country in the world in terms of the number of Internally Displaced Persons," he said during a discussion titled The Key to a Peace Agenda is in the Hands of Ukraine’s Internally …

  • New vote may be taken in UN to investigate chemical attacks in Syria

    Diplomats of Sweden and Uruguay have prepared a new resolution which calls for a continuation of the UN investigation into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, as stated by the representative of the Russian mission to the United Nations, Fyodor Strizhovsky, TASS news agency reports.

    According to him, two non-permanent members of the Security Council submitted a compromise proposal to restore the work of the UN Secretary-General’s Investigation Mechanism and the …