UN Security Council did not back Russian resolution on Ukraine

3 June 2014 11:03
(QHA) -

Russian draft resolution calling for an immediate end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine and a humanitarian corridor was met with a cool response at the UN Security Council on June 2, RFE/RL reports.

Moscow drafted the resolution during its month-long presidency of the council as fighting continued between Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow separatists.
In Washington, the U.S. State Department said Moscow's move was "hypocritical" since Russia was doing "nothing" to stop Russian-backed separatists from attacking new targets and holding international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) hostage.
In Ukraine on June 2, hundreds of pro-Russian gunmen attacked a Ukrainian border-guard camp on the outskirts of separatist-controlled Luhansk with mortar and grenade launchers in one of the biggest offensives of the insurgency so far. Reports said at least five separatists were killed.

At least two people were killed in an explosion in Luhansk on June 2 in what pro-Russian officials claimed was a Ukrainian air strike on their headquarters.

Kyiv has denied the accusation.