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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Ukraine

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Security Council

  • Meetings in 2020: 18 February – Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/264)
    Meeting records, press releases and resolutions:
    https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/content/meetings-2020-vtc
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2020
  • Meetings in 2019: 25 April – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136)
    16 July, 20 May, 12 February – Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/264)
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2019
  • Meetings in 2018: 26 November, 30 October, 6 June, 29 May – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136)
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2018
  • Meetings in 2017: 2 February – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136)
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2017
  • Meetings in 2016: 28 April – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136);
    29 February – Briefing by the Chair-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2016
  • Meetings in 2015: 11 December, 29 July, 5 June, 6 March, 26 and 21 January – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136);
    17 February – Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/264);
    24 February – Briefing by the Chair-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2015
  • Meetings in 2014: 12 November, 24 October, 8 August, 21 and 18 July, 24 June, 28 May, 29 and 13 April, 19, 15, 13, 10, 3 and 1 March, 28 February – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136);
    19 September, 5 August, 2 May, 13 April – Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/264)
    http://research.un.org/en/docs/sc/quick/meetings/2014
  • see also Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council:
    https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/content/repertoire/europe#cat18

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Related documents:

  • S/2020/676 (10 July 2020): Letter dated 10 July 2020 from the Permanent Representatives of the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2020/676
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2166 (2014), as well as previous letters from the Netherlands of 1 and 28 Aug. (S/2014/639), 9 Sept. (S/2014/657) and 16 Dec. 2014 (S/2014/903), 20 July (S/2015/551) and 13 Oct. 2015 (S/2015/780), 28 Sept. 2016 (S/2016/815), 5 July 2017 (S/2017/580), 24 May (S/2018/496) and 25 May 2018 (S/2018/503), 20 June 2019 (S/2019/510) and 6 Mar. 2020 (S/2020/181), regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; informs that the Netherlands has decided to submit an inter-State application to the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation for its alleged role in the downing of the flight.
  • S/2020/530 (12 June 2020): Letter dated 9 June 2020 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2020/530
    Transmits summary of the Arria-formula meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Crimea, held on 21 May 2020.
  • S/2020/181 (6 March 2020): Letter dated 6 March 2020 from the Permanent Representatives of the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2020/181
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2166 (2014), as well as previous letters from the Netherlands of 1 and 28 Aug. (S/2014/639), 9 Sept. (S/2014/657) and 16 Dec. 2014 (S/2014/903), 20 July (S/2015/551) and 13 Oct. 2015 (S/2015/780), 28 Sept. 2016 (S/2016/815), 5 July 2017 (S/2017/580), 24 May (S/2018/496) and 25 May 2018 (S/2018/503), and 20 June 2019 (S/2019/510), regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; informs that the criminal trial of 4 suspects will start before the district court of The Hague on 9 Mar. 2020.
  • S/PRST/2018/12 (6 June 2018): Statement [made on behalf of the Security Council, at the 8276th meeting, 6 June 2018, in connection with the Council’s consideration of the item entitled “Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136)”]: http://undocs.org/S/PRST/2018/12
  • S/2018/503 (25 May 2018): Letter dated 25 May 2018 from the Permanent Representatives of Australia and the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2018/503
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2166 (2014), as well as previous letters from the Netherlands of 1 and 28 Aug. (S/2014/639), 9 Sept. (S/2014/657) and 16 Dec. 2014 (S/2014/903), 20 July (S/2015/551) and 13 Oct. 2015 (S/2015/780), 28 Sept. 2016 (S/2016/815), 5 July 2017 (S/2017/580) and 24 May 2018 (S/2018/496), regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; informs that Australia and the Netherlands have notified the Russian Federation, through a note verbale, that the Russian Federation bears responsibility, under international law, for its role in the downing the flight.
  • S/2018/496 (24 May 2018): Letter dated 24 May 2018 from the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2018/496
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2166 (2014), as well as previous letters from the Netherlands of 1 and 28 Aug. (S/2014/639), 9 Sept. (S/2014/657) and 16 Dec. 2014 (S/2014/903), 20 July (S/2015/551) and 13 Oct. 2015 (S/2015/780), 28 Sept. 2016 (S/2016/815) and 5 July 2017 (S/2017/580), regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; informs that the Joint Investigation Team presented further findings.
  • S/2017/754 (5 September 2017): Letter dated 5 September 2017 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2017/754
    Transmits draft for a Security Council resolution on the establishment of a “United Nations Support Mission to Protect the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in Southeast Ukraine”.
  • S/2016/815 (28 September 2016): Letter dated 28 September 2016 from the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2016/815
    Refers to Security Council resolution 2166 (2014), as well as previous letters from the Netherlands of 1 and 28 Aug., 9 Sept. and 16 Dec. 2014, and 20 July and 13 Oct. 2015, regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; informs that, on 28 Sept. 2016, the Joint Investigation Team conducting the independent criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 presented its interim findings.
  • S/2015/562 (29 July 2015): Draft resolution [on establishment of an International Tribunal for the Purpose of Prosecuting Persons responsible for Crimes Connected with the Downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine]: http://undocs.org/S/2015/562
    “Annex: Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (ICTMH17)” p. 4-23.
    The draft resolution was not adopted due to the negative vote of 1 permanent member of the Security Council (Russian Federation) (S/PV.7498)
  • S/2015/528 (10 July 2015): Letter dated 10 July 2015 from the Permanent Representatives of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2015/528
    Regarding Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was downed over Ukrainian territory on 17 July 2014; request the Security Council to establish an ad hoc international criminal tribunal under Chapter VII of the Charter of the UN to prosecute persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of MH17.
  • S/RES/2202 (2015): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2202(2015)
    on implementation of the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”
    Annexes (p. 2-5): 1. Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements — 2. Declaration of the President of the Russian Federation, the President of Ukraine, the President of the French Republic and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in support of the “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”, adopted on 12 February 2015 in Minsk.
  • S/2014/657 (9 September 2014): Letter dated 9 September 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (Preliminary report – Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17 Hrabove, Ukrainian – 17 July 2014): http://undocs.org/S/2014/657
  • S/RES/2166 (2014): http://undocs.org/S/RES/2166(2014)
    on downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • S/2014/264 (14 April 2014): Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: http://undocs.org/S/2014/264
    Requests, in accordance with rule 2 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, that the President of the Security Council convene an emergency meeting of the Council in the briefing format on 13 Apr. 2014, at 8 p.m., to consider the developments in Ukraine.
  • S/2014/189 (15 March 2014): draft resolution: http://undocs.org/S/2014/189
  • S/2014/136 (26 February 2014): Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council : http://undocs.org/S/2014/136
    Requests an urgent meeting of the Security Council in accordance with Articles 34 and 35 of the Charter of the UN; requests also, in accordance with rule 37 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council, that Ukraine be allowed to participate in the meeting and make a statement.
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General Assembly

  • Concerned about ongoing militarization of Crimea, human rights violations in Eastern Ukraine, speakers tell General Assembly Minsk Agreements must be fully implemented (GA/12241, 20 February 2020): https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/ga12241.doc.htm
  • A/RES/74/168: Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2019: https://undocs.org/A/RES/74/168
  • A/RES/74/17: Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 9 December 2019: https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/74/17
  • A/74/276 (2 August 2019): Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine): report of the Secretary-General: http://undocs.org/A/74/276
    Submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 73/263; provides information on the progress made in the implementation of the resolution up to 30 June 2019.
  • Speakers urge peaceful settlement to conflict in Ukraine, underline support for sovereignty, territorial integrity of Crimea, Donbas Region (GA/12122, 20 February 2019): https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/ga12122.doc.htm
  • A/RES/73/263: Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine : resolution / adopted on 22 December 2018: : http://undocs.org/A/RES/73/263
  • A/RES/73/194: Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 17 December 2018: http://undocs.org/A/RES/73/194
  • A/RES/72/190: Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2017): http://undocs.org/A/RES/72/190
  • A/RES/71/205: Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine) : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2016): http://undocs.org/A/RES/71/205
  • General Assembly adopts resolution calling upon states not to recognize changes in status of Crimea Region (GA/11493, 27 March 2014):
    http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2014/ga11493.doc.htm

 

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18 August 2020
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