Ukraine UN Ambassador Yelchenko: Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Guilty of ‘complete inaction’
31 August, 2016

What You Need To Know:

✅ On December 31st Ban Ki-Moon's term as United Nations Secretary-General ends;
✅ Ki-Moon’s “complete inaction” has led to no special envoy on the Ukraine crisis,accoridng
to Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko. 
✅ 35.9 percent of Ukrainians are negative about the results of the Minsk agreements, 24 percent are neutral and only 14 percent feel
positively about them, a poll held by the Razumkov Centre in spring shows;
✅ Volodymyr Yelchenko is the Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, who earlier held the post of Ukrainian ambassador in Russia.

Current Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon will resign on December, 31. He took not enough actions to prevent and to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine, Mr. Yelchenko thinks.

“Probably he decided that to him good and stable relations with Russia are more important than such relations with Ukraine,” Mr. Yelchenko says.

He is also convinced that we still don’t have a special envoy because of “complete inaction” by Ban Ki-Moon, “which is being pressured by the Russian Federation.” The ambassador hopes that the next Secretary-General will be much more positive than Ki-Moon.

Though many people are disappointed with the Minsk format, there are talks about changing it. Mr. Yelchenko emphasizes that it is the only legitimate format approved by a UN Security Council resolution.

“If we don’t like it, we have all rights to bring this issue to other participants of this format and to renegotiate it. It’s not easy, obviously, Russia will be against it,” he says.

What can Ukraine expect from the UN? What can UN do to resist Russia’s pressure? What is the future of the Minsk agreements? Are discussions about stopping diplomatic relationships with Russia reasonable? Why do we need a special envoy?

Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk spoke to Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko on August 23rd, 2016 in Kyiv.