MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – The UN Security Council will convene for an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, AFP reported.
The meeting is scheduled to start 16:00 GMT at UN headquarters in New York.
“Russia will be asked to explain why it has its troops inside Ukraine,” British Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant was quoted as saying by the agency.
Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that Russian “troops have entered Ukraine.”
Andrei Kelin, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has denied Kiev’s accusations, saying that “there are no Russian convoys” in Ukraine.
Kiev authorities launched a special military operation in mid-April against independence supporters in the southeast of Ukraine, who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the country’s coup-imposed government.
Since the beginning of the military conflict, Kiev has been accusing Russia of sending troops and weaponry to independence supporters in the region.
Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, urging Kiev to stop the bloodshed and establish a direct dialogue with representatives of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.