The United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Moscow called for the meeting over the Ukrainian army operation in the city of Slovyansk according to Russian news agencies.
It comes on a day of heightened diplomatic language. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop killing their own citizens. Europe too responded to the situation in the east of the country.
“This is a large country where people have different expectations and views. That’s why you have a parliament. And that’s why it is important Kyiv continues to look in its outreach and its also extremely important that all of us are working together in that implementation,” said EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton
Moscow has denied claims from Kyiv that Russian rebels had tried to cross the border into Ukraine overnight but were repelled by Ukrainian border guards.
“They are not peaceful protesters in the east but heavily armed saboteurs. They are either the mercenaries or true representatives of foreign countries who are given specific orders to carry out,” said Bohdan Senyk spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Russia’s actions in Ukraine had shattered the myth of European security in the post-Cold War era. He added NATO allies had increased the danger by not meeting defence spending pledges.