Russia shows evidence at the UN Security Council
UN agrees on “peaceful solution”
The Russian Delegation to the United Nations (UN) has shown evidence of the Kiev regime’s war crimes at the informal “Arria formula” gathering of the Security Council on Friday in New York.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told diplomats that the Kiev regime was committing a host of war crimes like using civilians as hostages and placing of military equipment in civilian buildings like schools and hospitals.
“We have enough reasons to believe that all these principles are systematically violated by the Ukrainian army and paramilitaries. There are many eye-witness accounts of how the Ukrainian army uses civilians as hostages and a human shield,” he said.
Those present were shown video testimonies from victims in the zone of hostilities. Many said Ukrainian forces opened fire on civilians using the humanitarian corridors while another woman stressed that the Russians were not responsible for the bombing of the Mariupol theatre. Ukrainian tanks, NLAW teams and snipers used schools and hospitals as firing points with civilians in the middle.
Western journalists whom had visited the Donbass region also gave witness testimonies. Italian journalist and documentarist Giorgio Bianchi testified that “disinformation and propaganda was delaying peaceful settlement.” As an example, Russia bombing of the Mariupol theatre was a lie. “I am a European. I do not wish to see fake news spread about Europe,” he said.
Salyam Adil chief of the Lebanese TV Al Mayadeen Moscow bureau said there was a big difference in perception from those watching safely thousands of miles away and those in the vicinity of the conflict. It was too dramatic an event to allow false allegations to spread he said. Press interviews with citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics said the same thing that Ukrainian forces were responsible for a lot of atrocities especially the neo Nazi Azov battalion.
Nebenzya responded forcefully to the western diplomats who accused Russia of spreading propaganda. “Today we are not speaking on our own behalf. We are just giving the floor to people who have experienced what was happening there, on the frontline, to let them explain how they survived and who realty committed atrocities there. Every single word you are hearing is theirs, not ours. If you do not want to listen to them, it is a different matter. If staying silent makes you feel you more comfortable – it’s your choice. But the purpose of today’s event is to give a say to those who can testify, and not to spread propaganda.”
The Security Council also released a statement supporting the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres peace initiative to solve the conflict in Ukraine. The statement co-authored by Mexico and Norway read. “The Security Council expresses strong support for the efforts of the secretary-general in the search for a peaceful solution, expresses deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine and recalls that all member states have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means.”
Mexico’s permanent representative the UN Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez told TASS. “Russia’s support for the statement shows Moscow’s readiness for diplomacy.”
Guterres visited Moscow and Kiev in late April and was able to arrange the evacuation of civilian hostages from the Azovstal steel plant where they were held by the neo-Nazi Azov battalion.
Source TASS/United Nations Press Office