UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine
The German ambassador to the United Nations began his speech saying that after listening to Russia's representative speak, it seemed as if it was Ukraine that had invaded Russia and not the other way around
He made the remarks at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Ukraine Tuesday. The session was initiated by Russia under the pretext of the 4th anniversary of the Minsk Agreements.
However, generally, Europe believes that the Kremlin has not ceased its aggression toward Ukraine.
The Ukrainian delegation called the Russian initiative a “smokescreen” aimed to divert attention from the upcoming special meeting of the General assembly on Feb. 20, a day exactly five years ago when Russian aggression in Ukraine began.
The first of the delegates to be given the floor was Russian representative Vasiliy Nebenzya. His speech seemed a summary of Russia Today reports over the last five years, calling the Revolution of Dignity a “coup d’etat,” and claiming that it’s Ukraine that hasn’t implemented its part of the Minsk agreements.
Nebenzya’s talking points were probably the reason why the next speaker, German ambassador to the UN Christoph Heusgen started his remarks by saying that “After listening to Vasiliy Nebenzya there is an impression that it was Ukraine who attacked Russia, not Russia, who attacked Ukraine.”
In the end, Yelchenko listed dozens of cases when Russia blatantly violated not only the Minsk agreements but international law when invading Ukraine and stressed that if Russia wanted to bring peace to Ukraine it would be better if its words led to actions.
The upcoming special meeting on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine will be held in the General Assembly on Feb. 20.