The UN Security Council's emergency talks that took place at the request of Russia hours before Ukraine begins a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation", failed to yield any tangible outcome as Moscow and the western powers traded accusations against each other for the crisis.

The special session began after UN assistant secretary-general Oscar Fernandez-Taranco opened the talks saying Ukraine "teeters on the brink" threatening to snowball into a larger international crisis.

Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, stated:

"We are trying to avoid any clashes. We do not want blood on our territory. This is not our war as I stated today. Not ours. The conflict is inspired from outside. That's why we we addressed Russian federation eighth or tenth time --- don't interfere. If they understand that we can find the ways how to live together and how to settle the problem."