Russia Provides UN Security Council with Appeal by “Legal President” Yanukovych

Euromaidan PR

On March 3, 2014, the UN Security Council met again on Ukraine to hear further from Russia on its involvement in Crimea. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, explained afterwards in a statement to the media that Russia “called for this emergency meeting of the Security Council to explain, as fully as possible, our position on the current situation in Ukraine.”

During the meeting, Russia presented a letter to the Security Council said to have been written by Viktor Yanukovych and submitted by President Putin, in which Yanukovych, who Russia claims is still the “legal President” of Ukraine, seeks assistance from Russian Armed Forces to restore law and order in the country. Ambassador Churkin provided the following translation to the media after the session:

“Statement by the President of Ukraine.

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