Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will address the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the NATO Summit in Wales, September 4-5. Find out what NATO, the Council of Europe, Lithuanian Ambassador Murmokaite, the UN Secretary-General. and the Ukrainian President have to say on the escalating crisis in Ukraine
“Despite Moscow’s hollow denials”, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and south-eastern Ukraine,” said North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on August 29. “This is not an isolated action, but part of a dangerous pattern, over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation.”
In addition, the NATO Secretary-General explained: “Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine. Russia continues to supply the separatists with tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, and rocket launchers.” He also said “Russia has fired on Ukraine from both Russian territory and within Ukraine itself. “
“Russia continues to maintain thousands of combat-ready troops close to Ukraine’s borders This is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution. Today, we expressed strong solidarity with Ukraine. At the Wales Summit, we will meet President Poroshenko to make clear NATO’s unwavering support for Ukraine. “
Without any expectations that there would be a definite breakthrough In peace negotiations, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, initiator of the Peace Plan, met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as well as EU representatives, in Minsk, Belarus on August 26. During their meeting in Minsk, President Putin was shown video footage of the ten Russian paratroopers who were captured and videotaped in Ukraine.
Since that first meeting in Minsk, the situation in Ukraine has sharply deteriorated.
Most recently, on September 2, Petro Poroshenko met with the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, in Kiev. During the visit of Secretary-General Jagland, President Poroshenko explained that “there are numerous proofs of Russian regular troops participation in hostilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.” As he stated, “it all points at direct military aggression.” The President also advised Thorbjorn Jagland that “militants tortured and detained civilians.” The Secretary-General expressed his concern in solving humanitarian problems in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as in Crimea.
August 28, the Russian invasion of Ukraine was debated by members of the UN Security Council at UN Headquarter in New York. Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite initiated the 2:00pm emergency meeting of the UN Security Council which was led by UN Security Council President for the month of August, Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN..
Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations in New York, made the following statement: “Lithuania condemns in the strongest terms the invasion of Ukraine’s erritory by the armed forces of the Russian Federation as an open and blatant violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and a serious blow to peace, security, and stability across the entire region and well beyond. “
In addition, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN, said:
“ For months, we have watched countless violations of Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, first by Crimea’s annexation, then the war initiated by Russia-supported fringe separatists groups in eastern Ukraine. including mercenaries from Chechnya and elsewhere, then provocative manipulation of humanitarian aid using semi-empty “humanitarian” trucks, then soldiers “lost” on the other side of the border, and now Russian tanks rolling over Ukraine’s sovereign territory. “
The UN Secretary-General has also made frequent statements on Ukraine. On August 28, during the daily noon briefing at United Nations Headquarters, a statement was read by the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which read as follows: “The Secretary-General reports that fighting in Eastern Ukraine has spread southward, near the border of the Sea of Azou and the Russian Federation. If confirmed, this will mark a dangerous escalation in the Ukrainian crisis.”
“The international community cannot allow the situation to escalate further nor can a continuation be allowed of the violence and destruction that the conflict that wrought in eastern Ukraine,” he added. Ban Ki-moon also referred to the recent talks in Minsk on August 26, as well as the first official meeting between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia. He called for continuity of these talks with a view to forging a peaceful way out of the conflict.
The UN Secretary-General concluded his remarks by saying:
“All must must do their part to contribute to the peaceful resolution of this conflict, in a manner upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
As this article gets ready for publication, US President Barack Obama is headed for talks with Estonian President Tomas Hendrik Ilves in Tallinn, Estonia. No doubt, President Obama will meet with Latvian President Andris Berzins and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite while in the Baltic States. The three Baltic States are members of both the EU ad NATO.