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.”