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UN Security Council to hold open meeting on Ukraine Friday morning

July 18, 2014, 8:24 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS

The meeting will focus on the crash of a passenger Malaysian Airlines Boeing en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur

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Infographics Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine

Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers have died. Infographics by ITAR-TASS

THE UNITED NATIONS, July 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The United Nations Security Council will hold an open meeting on the situation in Ukraine, a source at the UK permanent mission, which requested a United Nations Security Council session, told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

The meeting that will begin at 10am local time is expected to focus on the Thursday crash of a passenger Boeing of the Malaysian Airlines en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The airliner with about 300 people onboard crashed in the Donetsk region in south-eastern Ukraine. 

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is expected to deliver a report on the situation in Ukraine.

Earlier on Friday, UK’s Permanent Representative Mark Lyall Grant officially requested an extraordinary session of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. The move was done before the news about the crash, which, according to the British diplomat, was another proof such a meeting was badly needed.

Both Ukraine’s authorities and self-defense forces in its eastern regions deny their involvement in the accident. Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed responsibility for the crash on the Ukrainian state, since the accident took place over its territory. “Obviously, the state over which this incident took place is responsible for this terrible tragedy,” Putin said late on Thursday. “This tragedy would have never happened if this land was peaceful, if combat operation had not been resumed in Ukraine’s south-eastern regions.”

Later on Thursday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a comprehensive and transparent international probe into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing over Ukraine. He said he was closely watching the development of the situation and expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the crash.

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