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The Situation in Ukraine: Quick Guide

The Situation in Ukraine

Council Discusses Situation in Ukraine. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine.

The first Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine was held on 28 February 2014. The meeting was called for by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine by a letter dated 28 February.

On 27 March 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine - A/RES/68/262.

The Security Council met on 13 April, 2 May, 5 August, and 19 September 2014, as well as 17 February 2015, in response to a letter (S/2014/264) from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation requesting "convening of urgent consultations in relation to the situation in Ukraine."

The Security Council unanimously adopted S/RES/2166 (2014) on 21 July 2014, which deplored "the downing of a civilian aircraft on an international flight, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on 17 July in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew on board."

On 17 February 2015, the Council adopted S/RES/2202 (2015) endorsing the "Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements" to end violence in eastern regions of Ukraine. The "Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements" is included in Annex I of this resolution.

A year following the crash of MH17, on 29 July 2015,  the Council failed to adopt a resolution that would have established an international tribunal for the purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of the flight.

Security Council Meetings

The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations called for a meeting of the Security Council by a letter dated 28 February 2014 (S/2014/136).

Date Action/vote
S/PV.8516 25 April 2019 --
S/PV.7876 2 February 2017 ---
S/PV.7683 28 April 2016 ---
S/PV.7576 11 December 2015 ---
S/PV.7498 29 July 2015 Draft resolution (S/2015/562) not adopted 11-1-3
S/PV.7400 6 March 2015 ---
S/PV.7395 27 February 2015 ---
S/PV.7384 17 February 2015 S/RES/2202 (2015)
S/PV.7368 26 January 2015 ---
S/PV.7365 21 January 2015 ---
S/PV.7311 12 November 2014 ---
S/PV.7287 24 October 2014 ---
S/PV.7269 19 September 2014 ---
S/PV.7253 28 August 2014 ---
S/PV.7239 8 August 2014 ---
S/PV.7234 5 August 2014 ---
S/PV.7221 21 July 2014 S/RES/2166 (2014)
S/PV.7219 18 July2014 ---
S/PV.7205 24 June 2014 ---
S/PV.7185 28 May 2014 ---
S/PV.7167 2 May 2014 ---
S/PV.7165 29 April 2014 ---
S/PV.7157 16 April 2014 ---
S/PV.7154 13 April 2014 ---
S/PV.7144 19 March 2014 ---
S/PV.7138 15 March 2014 Draft resolution (S/2014/189)
not adopted 13-1-1
S/PV.7134 (closed) 13 March 2014 Communiqué
S/PV.7131 (closed) 10 March 2014 Communiqué
S/PV.7125 3 March 2014 ---
S/PV.7124 1 March 2014 ---
S/PV.7123 (closed) 28 Feb. 2014 Communiqué

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News & Analysis (Non-UN sources)

Prime Minister of Ukraine Briefs Media. Arseniy Yatsenyuk (left), Prime Minister of Ukraine, briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the situation in his country. 13 March 2014 United Nations, New York

These non-UN sources provide news and analysis of the situtation in Ukraine.  Views expressed do not reflect the views of the United Nations.

Human Rights Reports

A UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, led by Ivan Šimonović, was deployed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in March 2014. 

The Monitoring Mission delivers reports that assess the human rights situation in Crimea and makes recommendations for the way forward. 

Reports on the Human Rights situation in Ukraine can be found on the OHCHR website

Additionally, the High Commissioner for Human Rights submitted a summary of the first five reports (covering 21 Nov 2013 - 5 Sept 2014) in the document, A/HRC/27/75.

For more information, visit the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website.