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Russia circulates new UN resolution on Ukraine in hopes of action by divided Security Council

Russia has circulated a new U.N. resolution on Ukraine in a fresh effort to get the deeply divided Security Council to address the worsening humanitarian situation and escalating conflict in the east between the government and separatist fighters.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Monday the new resolution includes parts of two earlier resolutions it circulated this month which called for humanitarian aid, a cease-fire and a national dialogue in Ukraine.

It also includes several issues raised by council members including a reference to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, he said.

Churkin said Russia, which currently holds the Security Council presidency, is hoping for quick council approval.

But Russia is likely to face an uphill struggle because of widespread opposition to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March.