Russia-Ukraine news LIVE updates | Russia says Ukraine cutting diplomatic ties would make ‘everything even more difficult’

Russian President Vladimir Putin received no support from members of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting Monday night for his actions to bring separatists in eastern Ukraine under Moscow’s control.

The US called his moves a pretext for a further invasion, many members condemned his violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and even close ally China urged diplomacy and a peaceful solution.

Ukraine called for the rare evening session along with the US, five European countries and Mexico to condemn Putin’s actions earlier Monday to recognize the independence of the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, scenes of an eight-year war, and order his military to “maintain peace” there. (AP)

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