UNITED NATIONS — Russia called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Monday to introduce a resolution calling for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine.
Russia holds the Security Council presidency in June and Russia's U.N. Mission said the closed consultations will take place at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT).
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia will seek Security Council action to end weeks of deadly clashes in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents.
"Russia plans to submit to the Security council a draft resolution today," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with his Mauritanian counterpart.
"It will contain demands to immediately halt violence and begin practical negotiations for the purpose of establishing a stable and reliable ceasefire," Lavrov said. "This draft resolution will also contain a requirement to immediately create humanitarian corridors that will help civilians leave hostility zones, should they wish to do so."
Russia has called almost daily for an end to violence in eastern Ukraine but this is the first time Moscow has called for a Security Council resolution.
The Security Council has been unable to take any action on the unrest in Ukraine or Russia's annexation of Crimea because of opposition from Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member.
Associated Press Writer Lynn Berry contributed to this report from Moscow