The UN Secretary-General speaks out on Russian aid convoy that crossed the border into Ukraine without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities

On August 22, the same day that Ambassador Oleksandr Pavlichenko Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine, held a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, which was followed by a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine later that afternoon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued the following statement:

“The Secretary-General follows with deep concern reports that a Russian aid convoy has crossed the border into Ukraine without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities.“

The UN Secretary-General also stated:

“While recognizing the deteriorating humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine”.

In his concluding remarks, Ban Ki-moon said: “Once again, the Secretary-General urges all sides, in particular, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, to continue to work together, in coordination with the international community.”

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of “Baltic Review” based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body’s work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.