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    At the UN on the situation in Ukraine: tense atmosphere

    “Peace or conflict issues in Ukraine and Eastern Europe are ongoing”, said Polish UN Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski, who admitted that the atmosphere was tense during the UN Security Council on Thursday.

    The Poland Ambassador to the United Nations thus commented on Thursday’s Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. The Secretary of State of the United States Anthony Blinken said in an unannounced speech that the US had information about the beginning of Russian activities to invade Ukraine.


    “The atmosphere was tense because all the participants and all the diplomats here know that at this point the question of peace or conflict in Ukraine will be resolved,” Szczerski said in an interview with the PAP (Polish Press Agency). 


    During the deliberations of the UN Security Council, Blinken and other representatives of Western states turned directly to the deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Vershinin, to deny that Russia had plans to invade Ukraine, but the Russian did not make such a statement. 


    He added that the past 24 hours have greatly increased concern about Russia’s intentions, both in terms of intensifying shelling along the Donbass borderline and the Kremlin’s propaganda efforts. And two days ago, the Russian State Duma appealed to President Putin to recognize the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine as so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk peoples’ republics”, contravening the Minsk commitments.


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