UN Security Council to vote on Ukraine resolution

- Russia-drafted resolution is expected to address last week's cease-fire agreement.

By Mustafa Caglayan

NEW YORK (AA) - The UN Security Council is set to vote Tuesday on a Russia-drafted resolution on the conflict in Ukraine, a UN spokesperson said.

The resolution is expected to address the implementation of a cease-fire agreement last week between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

The deal signed Feb. 12 in the Belarusian capital of Minsk called for a complete cease-fire to be effective beginning midnight Feb. 15.

While most parties in eastern Ukraine observed the cease-fire, within hours artillery fire restarted in the area around Debaltseve, where separatist forces claimed to have surrounded between 7,000 and 10,000 Ukrainian military personnel.

Ukraine’s Counterterrorism Center said Tuesday that the cease-fire had been violated 40 times within 24 hours, bringing the total number of breaches to 128, according to the center.

The vote will be held at 3 p.m. local time (GMT2000).

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