Secretary-General, Following Reports of Russian Aid Convoy Entering Ukraine without Permission, Urges All Parties to Work Together, Avoid Escalation

22 August 2014
SG/SM/16097

Secretary-General, Following Reports of Russian Aid Convoy Entering Ukraine without Permission, Urges All Parties to Work Together, Avoid Escalation

22 August 2014
Secretary-General
SG/SM/16097
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General, Following Reports of Russian Aid Convoy Entering Ukraine


without Permission, Urges All Parties to Work Together, Avoid Escalation


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General follows with deep concern reports that a Russian aid convoy has crossed the border into Ukraine without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities.  While recognizing the deteriorating humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine.


Once again, the Secretary-General urges all sides, in particular Ukraine and the Russian Federation, to continue to work together, in coordination with the international community, to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the most affected areas.  He reiterates that all sides should continue to exercise maximum restraint and avoid escalation.


In this regard, he is encouraged by the announcement from President Petro Poroshenko that Ukraine will do everything possible to prevent more serious consequences as a result of the convoy moving into Ukrainian territory.


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