According to Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN, an emergency session of the UN Security Council on the current situation in Ukraine will begin on Wednesday at around 09.30 p.m. (New York time).
The mission noted, “Today’s UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine is slated for 21:30 New York time and will take the form of an open briefing.”
After the heads of Ukraine’s breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin for assistance, Ukraine requested an urgent UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting.
“The appeal by Russian occupation administrations in Donetsk and Luhansk to Russia with a desire to supply them with military help, which is a further escalation of the security situation,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, stated on Twitter.
Apart from Kuleba, Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, described the call for assistance from the DPR and LPR breakaway territories as a “very dangerous extra step” that would jeopardise thousands of lives.
In a tweet, Borrell wrote: “Moscow’s plea for assistance from the so-called DPR/LPR breakaway territories marks a very dangerous new move against #Ukraine’s sovereignty, putting thousands of lives in jeopardy. The EU firmly encourages Russia to stop escalating its activities.”
This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised the independence of Ukraine’s separatist regions, prompting Biden to impose sanctions on Russia while reiterating the US’ support for Ukraine.
Putin also ordered the Russian Armed Forces to be dispatched to Ukraine’s separatist territories following his declaration.
In another significant event, the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved imposing a state of emergency across the nation, with the exception of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, on Wednesday in response to the growing crisis on the country’s borders.