11:35 13.06.2014

Churkin: Russia presents draft on Ukraine for UN Security Council consideration

Russia has presented a draft resolution on Ukraine for the UN Security Council consideration, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday.

"We have presented a draft resolution for the [UN Security Council] consideration today," he told reporters on Thursday.

The document urges the Ukrainian conflicting sides to abstain from actions that may jeopardize the civilian population, Churkin said.

It also states the need to stop violence and to reach a ceasefire agreement. In addition, Russia calls for implementing the OSCE peace plan.

This draft has much in common with the previous Russian draft on Ukraine, Churkin emphasized.

"This is an updated version," he stressed.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters earlier that Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin had been ordered to submit a draft on Ukraine to the UN Security Council.

Russia is getting "increasingly more alarmed by the lack of any progress in the efforts toward ending violence and stopping armed hostilities," he said.

"We want to concentrate on the need to make sure that the Ukrainian parties start complying with the OSCE chairperson's roadmap, which was compiled based on the April Geneva statement," Lavrov said.

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