U.N. boss expresses “full support” for junta in Kyiv
April 14, 2014
Ukrainian coup leader Aleksandr Turchynov has proposed conducting a joint military operation with the United Nations to quell anti-junta sentiment in the eastern part of the country. Turchinov made the suggestion during a phone call to United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon.
Turchynov said on his web page that the coup welcomes the “holding of joint counterterrorist operation in the East. Then, experts and observers will be able to witness the legality of our actions themselves.” He said the junta has taken steps “that were necessary to stabilize the situation in Ukraine in general and in the southeastern Ukraine particularly,” particularly in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions where a revolt against the coup is in full swing.
“I would like to express my full support to you personally and to the people of Ukraine,” the UN Secretary-General responded, according to Turchynov. “You can completely count on the UN as a partner. I will do everything I can for the situation to be resolved peacefully as soon as possible.”
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, told the Security Council on Sunday “the situation in Ukraine has seriously deteriorated… and as of now, [the country] teeters on the brink.”
“The blood of Ukrainian heroes has been shed in a war which the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine,” Turchynov said in an address on Sunday. “The aggressor has not stopped and is continuing to sow disorder in the east of the country.”
The junta announced on Sunday it has dispatched security forces in the eastern city of Slaviansk to deal with separatists and “terrorists.” On Monday, however, there was no sign of a large deployment in the Sloviansk district within the Donetsk Oblast.
For Fernandez-Taranco and the United Nations, the crisis in Ukraine consists of uprisings against the U.S. State department installed junta in Kyiv. The coup government is ruled in part by Svoboda, an ultra-nationalist political party engaged in violence against pro-Russian Ukrainians. Svoboda has four cabinet seats, including a deputy prime minister and defense minister.
The United Nations is concerned about the presence of “well-armed and well-organized” groups in the eastern part of the country. It has dispatched personnel to monitor the situation.
In February, a recording between the US-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, and Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine, surfaced. In the recording, Nuland ordered the Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations, Jeffrey Feltman, to have U.N. boss Ban Ki-moon get Dutch diplomat Robert Serry, who was posted previously in Kyiv, to “glue this thing.”
Sperry’s role, according to Farhan Haq, Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, was “to travel to Kiev on his behalf to convey the United Nations’ solidarity with Ukraine and to encourage dialogue.”
The United Nations General Assembly later denounced a referendum merging Crimea with the Russian Federation and passed a resolution affirming “commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”
The United States blames Russia for discontent with the coup regime. “The human stakes of what is happening in Ukraine are extremely high. The lives of innocent civilians are at risk yet we are being bombarded by Russian disinformation and propaganda, while the Ukrainians are being confronted by incitement and violence,” said Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Power said the “instability was written and choreographed in and by Russia.”