Eastern Ukraine "in limbo", says UN top political official

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Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file)

Eastern Ukraine appears to be "in limbo" as peace efforts stall, according to the UN's top political affairs official.

Jeffrey Feltman was on Friday briefing the Security Council on the conflict in Ukraine.

The UN estimates that the death toll since the conflict between government and pro-Russian separatists began in mid-April last year is likely to be over 6,000.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The 15-member Council was briefed on the situation in the East European country where conflict has raged for almost one year.

Five million people are reportedly in need of humanitarian assistance while an upsurge in lawlessness continues.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs said a package of measures recently agreed upon in the capital of Belarus needs to be fully implemented for lasting peace in the country.

“We are aware that there will be no significant traction on the political track unless the prerequisite cease-fire and withdrawal of weapons are fully implemented.  Eastern Ukraine still appears to be in limbo as we await full implementation of the Minsk package of measures.”

Jeffrey Feltman also mentioned the Ukrainian President's announcement that he would be requesting a possible deployment of a UN-mandated peace mission to Ukraine. 

Mr Feltman said it is a decision for the members of the Security Council and that the UN would be guided by its judgement.

To date, no formal request has been received from Ukraine.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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