Kenya has issued a statement on the ongoing confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking during an emergency Security Council meeting, Kenya’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Martin Kimani called out Russia for recognising Donetsk and Luhansk areas of Ukraine as independent states.
Kimani noted that the country was concerned about Russia’s announcement, terming it as undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“We do not deny that there may be serious security concerns in these regions. But they cannot justify the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states
“Not when there were multiple diplomatic tracks available and underway that had the ability to offer peaceful solutions,” Kimani stated.
On the other hand, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s decision to recognize the aforementioned regions as independent states is a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
He assured that Ukraine is committed to a political-diplomatic settlement and does not give in to provocations.
The move came after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized Donetsk and Luhansk regions as independent states and signed the relevant agreements with their separatist leaders in the Kremlin.
The United States, United Kingdom, United Nations, Turkey and several European nations strongly condemned Russia’s move.
Tensions have recently risen dramatically in eastern Ukraine, with reports of a growing number of cease-fire violations, multiple shelling incidents, and the evacuation of civilians from the pro-Russian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Western countries have accused Russia of amassing more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, prompting fears that it could be planning a military offensive against its former Soviet neighbour.
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