Ukraine asks for emergency UN meeting over Donbass

Kiev has made the request in response to newly-recognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics asking for Russian military assistance
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A state of emergency has taken in Ukraine at midnight local time. It allows authorities to impose restrictions on movement, block rallies and ban political parties and organizations “in the interests of national security and public order.”

Deeming the request for military help submitted by breakaway Donbass republics to Moscow as “a further escalation” of the already tense security situation, Kiev has asked the UN Security Council to convene for an “urgent meeting.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that his country filed a request with the UNSC shortly after midnight local time and not long after the letters penned by the leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk republics, in which they asked Moscow for military help, were published.

Letters from DPR head Denish Pushilin and LPR head Leonid Pasechnik to Russian President Vladimir Putin requested military assistance to repel “aggression by the Ukrainian regime.” The two leaders cited the treaties their republics have signed with Russia since Moscow recognized their independence on Monday.

Kiev has already declared a state of emergency in Ukraine, calling up some 36,000 reservists and restricting the freedom of movement around the country. The emergency is supposed to go into effect on February 24 and last for 30 days. Territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk region controlled by Ukrainian armed forces have been under an emergency declaration since 2014.

Residents of the two regions proclaimed the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in 2014, after US-backed nationalists carried out a coup against the democratically elected government in Kiev. Subsequent Ukrainian governments have accused Russia of invasion and occupation, and repeatedly tried to take the rebel regions by force.

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