NEW YORK, August 22 (RIA Novosti) - The UN Security Council will hold on Friday an emergency meeting behind closed doors to discuss the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, the UN press service announced.
An update to the UNSC working agenda for Friday indicates that the meeting will be held at 3.00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).
Earlier in the day, several dozens of Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid to violence-torn Luhansk and Donetsk regions crossed the border into Ukraine allegedly without clearance by Ukrainian customs officials and without escort provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Moscow said Ukrainian authorities had been holding up for days the delivery of humanitarian aid to the trapped civilians in besieged Luhansk. The Russian Foreign Ministry added that Kiev’s dragging on the process of delivering Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine seemed to be an attempt to create a situation when there is no one left to be helped.
Some 1,400 people have lost their lives in the operation, more than 4,000 injured and over 110,000 people have been forced to flee Ukraine’s war-torn southeast, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).