Russia calls UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine
Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss the "serious escalation of violence in Ukraine," where security forces have clashed with pro-Moscow separatists.
Diplomats said the meeting, the body's 13th on Ukraine since the start of the crisis, would be held at 1600 GMT.
The meeting is being called amid a growing insurgency in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have seized control of more than a dozen towns and cities.
Ukraine's Western-backed government accuses Russia of fomenting the rebellion on its territory and has gone on the counter-attack, launching a military operation to seize control of the flashpoint town of Slavyansk.
In response, Russia warned on Friday that Ukraine's use of the army against its own people in the east will lead to catastrophe and urged the West to renounce its "destructive policies towards Ukraine."
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