Russia accused of "waging war against Ukraine"

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Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.

Russia has been accused of "waging war against Ukraine" following the storming of government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Russian militants.

Unrest is continuing in Ukraine after a referendum in March in which the region of Crimea voted to secede from the country and join the Russian Federation.

On Saturday, militants took control of police stations and official buildings in up to five Ukrainian cities.

Speaking at an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday evening the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN, Yuriy Sergeyev, quoted a statement by his President, Oleksandr Turchynov.

"The blood of Ukrainians has been shed for the one and undivided  sovereign Ukraine. This blood has been shed in a war which Russian is waging against Ukraine. The aggressor has not stopped and continues to organise unrest in the eastern regions of our country. This is not a war between Ukrainians. This situation of confrontation was artificially created with the aim to weaken and destroy Ukraine itself."

The Russian Ambassador to the UN is Vitaly Churkin.

Speaking through an interpreter he rejected claims made by Ukraine and called them propaganda.

"The grotesque  Russophobia and embedded hatred has become the norm."

Meanwhile, the British Ambassador, said satellite images showed between 35,000 and 40,000 Russian troops massed on Ukraine's eastern border.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'36"

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