UN encourages all parties in Ukraine to recommit to peace

The U.N. Security Council has adopted a statement encouraging all parties in Ukraine to recommit to a 2015 peace agreement and expressing "grave concern" at deteriorating security in the volatile east.

Russia has veto power in the council and it's been in a tug-of-war with Ukraine since Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in early 2014 followed by its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

But all 15 council members including Russia agreed on the presidential statement adopted Wednesday that was drafted by France and Germany. It's the first pronouncement by the council on Ukraine since January 2017.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said Russia's agreement "is one of the reasons why the presidential statement is important ... and, of course, it makes a world of difference."