UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (Xinhua) -- A top UN official on Wednesday reported a "dramatic increase in deadly fights" in eastern Ukraine, which caused deaths and injuries on both sides.
In the UN Security Council's first meeting on Ukraine after the latest presidential election there, Jeffrey Feltman, UN's under-secretary-general for political affairs, also urged the international community "to use the outcome of the elections as an opportunity to unite in support of a peaceful, stable, prosperous and united Ukraine."
In Lugansk and Donetsk, both in eastern Ukraine, a "dramatic increase in deadly fighting" has led to casualties on both sides which continue to increase, Feltman said.
Meanwhile, the under-secretary-general also noted video footage purporting to show a UN-marked helicopter allegedly being used inside Ukraine."
While the United Nations is unable to determine the veracity of the images, Feltman stressed that countries which contributed peacekeeping equipment must remove all logos and UN signs from the items once they are no longer being used for official UN purposes.
He reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call on Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko to steer the country away from instability.
The official noted that Ban spoke by phone with the President-elect in the morning to congratulate him "on having received a strong mandate from the people" to steer the country "toward security, greater prosperity and genuine democratic governance."
On behalf of the secretary-general, Feltman further appealed to the international community "to use the outcome of the elections as an opportunity to unite in support of a peaceful, stable, prosperous and united Ukraine."
A Chinese envoy said here on Wednesday that China respects the Ukrainian people's choice in the country's presidential election and will continue to play a constructive role in settling the Ukraine crisis.
Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks while addressing an open meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Eastern European country. Full story
MOSCOW, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Wednesday urged for immediate stop of bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, which claimed increasing lives with military operation there gaining momentum.
"(Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov pointed out that the authorities in Kiev have no justification for continuing their punitive operation in the southeast of the country, which now involves the use of heavy weapons and military aircraft and has led to dozens of fatalities, including among civilians," the ministry said in a statement, referring to a phone conversation between Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Full story