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Ukraine asks UN Security Council to protect it from Russia

Published on Mar 2, 2014 6:07 AM
Members of the security council attend a meeting about the crisis in Ukraine, at the UN headquarters in New York on March 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Ukraine on Saturday asked the United States and other key members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council to help safeguard its territorial integrity after Russia announced plans to send armed forces into the country's autonomous Crimea region.

"We can stop the expansion of this aggression," Ukraine's UN Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told reporters after addressing a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in his country.

He said that Russia's military aggression had violated a 1994 agreement on safeguarding Ukraine's territorial integrity and called on the other four permanent UN Security Council members to use their diplomatic powers to help his country.

"Now what we are doing is we are addressing for other guarantors (of Ukraine's sovereignty) - the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and China - to perform their guarantees," Mr Sergeyev said.

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