A regular meeting was held at the UN Security Council at which the crisis in Ukraine was considered. The meeting took place against the background of the complication of the situation in the south-east of the country and the announcement of the Kiev authorities about the beginning of the military operation. Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said that the reckless moves of the Kiev authorities, who had begun a military operation in Ukraine, are fraught with the outbreak of a civil war in the country. At the same time, the representative of the United States, Samantha Power, calls the behavior of the Ukrainian authorities "cautious and balanced"
In the representation of Lithuania at the UN, which convened a session of the Security Council, it was confirmed that with a report on the situation in the east Ukraine Ivan Shimonovich, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, will address the Council members. He was one of the authors of the report of the UN observers on the human rights situation in Ukraine, who was sharply criticized in Moscow.
Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, again criticized a report published on Tuesday in Geneva. A senior diplomat called this document one-sided and politicized. In particular, he noted that the drafters of the report preferred not to notice that the current authorities in Ukraine came as a result of an armed coup. According to Churkin, the document also does not pay due attention to the problem of the growth of nationalist sentiment in Ukraine, it also “says nothing about appeals to ethnic discord.”
According to Churkin, the reckless steps of the Kiev authorities, who began a military operation in the east of Ukraine, "are fraught with the outbreak of a real civil war." “Those who usurped power in Kiev as a result of a forceful coup have now embarked on ignoring the legitimate demands of the residents of the southeast and the unconstitutional use of the armed forces to pacify their own people, blasphemously calling it bandits and terrorists. Such reckless steps are fraught with the unleashing of a real civil war in Ukraine. The first blood has already been shed, ”ITAR-TASS quoted the words of the Russian representative.
Churkin expressed the opinion that people who do not have the reputation of democratic politicians came to power in Ukraine, and there is no reason to talk about democracy in Kiev.
In contrast to Vitaliy Churkin, the permanent representative of the United States to the UN, Samantha Power, believes that the actions of the Kiev authorities in the east of Ukraine were “cautious and balanced.” But Russia, the United States, by contrast, is accused of inciting hostility and sabotage. According to Power, events in the eastern regions of Ukraine, as in the Crimea, are a well-planned campaign from Russia.
“We believe that this is a well-organized, professionally directed incitement campaign of hostility and sabotage. And there is evidence that this campaign is being conducted by Russia, "she said at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York.
According to Power, the Russian side is constantly “trying to distract attention from its actions, from its aspirations for territorial expansion.
Vitaly Churkin had to fend off some of the statements of Power. In particular, in response to a condemnation by the United States of the seizure of administrative buildings by protesters in south-eastern Ukraine, the representative of Russia expressed regret that the understanding that it was not good for the United States to do so was too late. This, according to Churkin, had to be announced in January. When the excesses in Kiev were going on, which “are several orders of magnitude superior to what is observed now in the east of Ukraine.
“Many of those who are now in power in Kiev have such a reputation that a year ago you wouldn’t give them a hand,” Churkin said, addressing UN Security Council members. The Russian permanent representative noted that an objective investigation into the February atrocities in Kiev was never carried out. The Ukrainian authorities do not fulfill their promises, however, despite this, in the West, their promises are immediately accepted as true, the Russian diplomat said. He reproached Western countries with naivety. “Where have you seen people from those who are now in power in Kiev, who would have a serious reputation as politicians belonging to a democratic way of thinking?” You will not find, ”Churkin said at a meeting of the UN Security Council. He recalled that in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine skirmishes and fights often break out, and there is still a military camp on the Maidan, and the militants of the Right Sector are not disarmed.