UN Security Council to Meet at Russia's Request
Ukraine's special forces exchange fire with pro-Russian militia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 13, 2014 2:00 PM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
Pro-Russian activists use tires to make barricades in front of the city government headquarters in Makeyevka, about five kilometers (about 3 miles) from Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alexander Ermochenko)
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(Newser) – The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting at Russia's request to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. Russia's UN mission sent a text message to reporters saying a closed meeting of the Security Council would begin at 8pm EST today. The Russian mission said it had requested the meeting. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city this morning, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded.