Ukraine initiates an open meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Avdiyivka, Donetsk Region
"#UNSC and #Ukraine as Prez as of tomorrow will keep the situation in #Donbas in the loop. Call for open session on Ukraine this Thursday 3PM on Thursday, February 2," the Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations reported on Twitter Wednesday.
The meeting is scheduled to be held for 22:00 Kyiv time.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday, January 31 held a closed discussion of the situation in Avdiyivka. The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said after the session that in the course the closed consultations Ukrainian side reported the use by the Russian side of heavy artillery prohibited Minsk agreements.
Ukrainian delegation also stressed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Avdiyivka and freezing conditions, in which the residents of the city and surrounding areas found themselves, Yelchenko said as quoted by Ukrinform.
"Since last week, when the situation in Donbas region started to heat up in the Russian-occupied areas adjacent to Avdiyivka, the Ukrainian side has been trying to take a number of steps towards a peaceful settlement of the situation, which, however, were rejected by Moscow," said in a statement.
The OSCE, UN, EU, the US Department of State, and the British Foreign Office have expressed concern and called for a ceasefire in Donbas.