The delegation of Ukraine has voted in favor of the Resolution adopted
by UNSC on February 26, 2016 on ceasefire in Syria. We hope that it will serve
the purpose of the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict. Meanwhile, the
Ukrainian delegation made a statement after the adoption of the Resolution in
which stressed that it is precisely the Russian Federation’s support for the
Assad regime that has led to the current disaster in Syria and dramatic
developments of the situation in the recent months.
Russia being de-facto a party to the conflict is fiercely trying to
impose itself as a mediator in the Syrian settlement process. We are very
familiar with this approach, because Moscow applies the same tactics like in
Donbas. Russia is stirring up the violence in Syria, in particular, through
deploying military personnel, providing arms and ammunition, conducting combat
operations and spreading false propaganda.
Russian military activities around Aleppo in February 2016 are similar
to the tactics that have been used by Russia in February 2015 in the Ukrainian
city of Debaltseve: Kremlin is signing the cease-fire
agreements and immediately violates it barefacedly.
Regrettably, proposals of Ukraine to balance the text of the draft of
the Resolution were not duly reflected. Reaffirming our concerns on the
developments in Syria and in order to settle the ongoing conflict urgently, the
Ukrainian delegation nevertheless has decided to support the draft of the