April 14, 2014
Ukrainian coup leader Aleksandr Turchynov has proposed conducting a joint military operation with the United Nations to quell anti-junta sentiment in the eastern part of the country. Turchinov made the suggestion during a phone call to United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon.
Turchynov said on his web page that the coup welcomes the “holding of joint counterterrorist operation in the East. Then, experts and observers will be able to witness the legality of our actions themselves.” He said the junta has taken steps “that were necessary to stabilize the situation in Ukraine in general and in the southeastern Ukraine particularly,” particularly in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions where a revolt against the coup is in full swing.
“I would like to express my full support to you personally and to the people of Ukraine,” the UN Secretary-General responded, according to Turchynov. “You can completely count on the UN as a partner. I will do everything I can for the situation to be resolved peacefully as soon as possible.”
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, told the Security Council on Sunday “the situation in Ukraine has seriously deteriorated… and as of now, [the country] teeters on the brink.”
“The blood of Ukrainian heroes has been shed in a war which the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine,” Turchynov said in an address on Sunday. “The aggressor has not stopped and is continuing to sow disorder in the east of the country.”
The junta announced on Sunday it has dispatched security forces in the eastern city of Slaviansk to deal with separatists and “terrorists.” On Monday, however, there was no sign of a large deployment in the Sloviansk district within the Donetsk Oblast.