Security Council discusses Russia's relief aid to Ukraine

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Mark Layall-Grant. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Concern has been raised in the Security Council about Russia's decision to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine without authorization by the country's government.

That's what the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom, told reporters on Friday afternoon.

This follows reports that Russia had decided to send more than 100 trucks to eastern Ukraine and that the first trucks had reached the besieged city of Luhansk under rebel control.

Ambassador Grant said that the Security Council was briefed behind closed doors by a senior UN official on the situation in Ukraine.

"In the subsequent discussion, there was no unanimity of views as you might expect. Widespread concern was expressed at what many called an illegal and unilateral action by the Russian Federation. Russia defended its actions on the basis of humanitarian need and unreasonable Ukrainian behaviour in holding up the aid convoy, as he put it." (26")

Ambassador Lyall-Grant said a number of delegations in the Security Council, including that of the United Kingdom called on Russia to withdraw the trucks.

Ukraine continues to be embroiled in a conflict sparked by a rebellion of what are called pro-Russian forces in the eastern part of the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’20”

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