Today, the Secretary-General spoke by telephone with H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine. The Secretary-General commended the leadership displayed by President Poroshenko in efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. However, he voiced his concern at the still dangerous situation on the ground. The Secretary-General also expressed hope that the cease-fire agree to on 12 February in Minsk would firmly take hold across the region.
On the possibility of peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine, the Secretary-General informed the Foreign Minister that the United Nations would stand guided by any decision the Security Council would make on this issue. The Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Klimkin agreed to continue their discussion on matters of mutual concern.