Situation in Ukraine "continued to evolve rapidly": UN official

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The situation in Ukraine has continued to evolve rapidly with Russia deploying more troops  while demonstrations continue in some parts of the country.

That's what Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the Security Council as it met again on Monday afternoon to discuss the situation in the country.

Mr. Taranco said the UN Secretary-General has remained closely engaged on the situation in Ukraine.

"Since the briefing by the Deputy Secretary-General to this Council on 1 March, the situation in Ukraine has continued to evolve rapidly. We understand that there is a continuing build-up of the Russian troops in Crimea and that a number of Ukrainian military bases have been surrounded by Russian troops. In addition, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains fluid with reports of demonstrations in certain cities as well as attempts by local groups to seize control of some official buildings." (29")

Mr. Taranco told the Security Council that the UN Secretary-General has underscored the utmost importance of restoring calm to de-escalate tensions immediately through dialogue.

He said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson arrived in Ukraine on Monday to gather facts on the ground.

Mr. Taranco said the Deputy Secretary-General would subsequently brief the Secretary-General on the next steps the UN could take to support the de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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