UN Security Council faces Ukraine, Yemen emergency meetings

AP News
Posted: Jan 25, 2015 7:53 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold emergency meetings Monday on the crises in Yemen and Ukraine.

Council member Lithuania said Sunday that it had requested the open meeting on Ukraine. Both countries are former Soviet republics.

Russia blocked a council statement Saturday that would have condemned the shelling that day in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 90.

The council has met about 30 times during the Ukraine crisis but has failed to take action because permanent council member Russia almost certainly would use its veto power.

Britain says council members will be briefed Monday morning on Yemen, where the Western-backed president resigned last week after Shiite rebels who occupy the capital surrounded his house. The country remains leaderless.