The real cause behind the crisis in Donbas is the activity of Russia-supported illegal armed groups, acting Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations (UN) Oleksandr Pavlychenko said at an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian side also called on Russia to establish control over its border, he said. Pavlychenko also announced that "Russia continues shelling at the Ukrainian army's positions from Russian territory, while the number of Russian troops at the border with Ukraine is building up. He also noted that the Ukrainian government follows all the recommendations by the UN. The Ukrainian government ensures the fulfillment of all social obligations, including retirement payments, social benefits, salaries, to the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, except for some towns which remain under control of the terrorists, he added.