The Russian Federation blocked today the Press Statement by the President of the UN Security Council condemning the illegal “elections” in Donbass, planned on 2 November.
The draft document reaffirms the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, urges full implementation of the Minsk arrangements in their entirety by all signatories. In this context, it commends the corresponding efforts of Ukraine, in particular the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the law on the temporary local self-governance for parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, which scheduled local elections in these areas for 7 December 2014.
The draft Statement deplores the planned holding by armed rebel groups in Eastern Ukraine of their “elections” on 2 November 2014 which is not only in breach of the Constitution and National laws of Ukraine but will also seriously undermine the Minsk arrangements.
By such actions in the UN Security Council the Russian Federation – being one of the signatories of the Minsk arrangements - once again demonstrated reluctance and unwillingness to implement them.