UN Security Council holds emergency meeting on Ukraine tensions

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The United Nations Security Council late on Monday convened an emergency meeting on Ukraine tensions.

The meeting was held at the request of the Ukrainian side after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees on Monday recognizing the "Luhansk People's Republic" and the "Donetsk People's Republic" as independent and sovereign states.

The UN regretted Russia's decision on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk of Ukraine, said UN Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, warning of the regional and global implications.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed in a statement that the Russian Federation's decision violates Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and is inconsistent with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, she said.

"We remind the parties concerned of their responsibilities under international humanitarian law and human rights law," she added.

Highlighting dialogue is more important amid the current uncertainty, she said, adding that negotiations are the only way to resolve regional security differences and resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

She also called for relevant parties to respect the safety of UN staffs as the United Nations has been providing humanitarian assistance to all those in need during the Ukraine crisis.

The next few hours and days are critical, and the risk of major conflict is real and needs to be prevented at all costs, she stressed.

The UN secretary-general is fully committed to resolving the current crisis through diplomatic means, she said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that Russia's order to deploy "peacekeepers" in eastern Ukraine is "nonsense," adding that the consequences of Russia's actions will be dire across Ukraine, Europe and the world.