Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected Western accusations regarding the offensive in Ukraine at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday. Instead, he called for punishment of the government in Kyiv. “The United States and its allies, with the tacit approval of international human rights organizations, are covering up the crimes of the Kiev regime,” Lavrov declared after the meeting participants heard Moscow’s accusations of crimes committed in Ukraine. Lavrov said Ukraine’s efforts to blame Russia for war crimes was a “propaganda operation” and called Ukraine a “totalitarian” country. He also expressed “concern regarding the fate of Russian soldiers who became prisoners in Ukraine”. Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan told the 15-member UN Security Council that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that crimes within the court’s jurisdiction were committed in Ukraine. These include war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and crimes of aggression. Lavrov stated that he “doesn’t trust” the work of the ICC. According to Khan, the priorities of the ICC investigation are deliberate attacks on civilian objects and transfers of the population – including children – from Ukraine. The United States has announced that, according to estimates from various sources, including Moscow, authorities have “interrogated, detained and forcibly deported” up to 1.6 million Ukrainians to Russia since the start of the offensive in Ukraine. Sky News writes that Lavrov left the UNSC session after his speech. As previously reported by the DPA agency, he arrived there 90 minutes late. Subsequently, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, spoke, saying that Russian diplomats are “accomplices” and participate in “covering up” Moscow’s crimes, Sky News writes. Kuleba addressed the participants by saying: “Many of you are listening to me now and will have only one question in mind – is there a chance for peace? Will Ukraine negotiate with Russia to end this war?” “I want to be very clear – no country in the world wants peace more than Ukraine. We never wanted this war and we never chose it. We just want to live normal lives,” said Kuleba, who appealed for “solidarity and unity” of the member countries UN regarding assistance to Kyiv in the fight against Russian invasion forces. “The best way to prevent further Russian atrocities is to provide Ukraine with more necessary weapons,” he added.
Welcome! Log into your account
Recover your password
A password will be e-mailed to you.