The foreign secretary called for countries to reject the “charade” of referenda being held in Russian-controlled areas in eastern and south Ukraine.
James Cleverly, a member of the United Nations Security Council stated that Vladimir Putin intends to change the results of voting on becoming part of Russia.
Karim Khan, a prosecutor at International Criminal Court (ICC), told the council that there were “reasonable grounds to believe” war crimes were committed in Ukraine.
Cleverly stated that Russia was about to hold sham referendums on sovereign Ukrainian territory without any basis in law. He is threatening violence against people living in areas that voted in large numbers for Ukrainian independence.
We know what Vladimir Putin does. He plans to manipulate the results of these referenda. He intends to use them to annexe sovereign Ukrainian territory. This will be used as a pretext to increase his aggression.
“We appeal to all countries to reject the charade, and to refuse any recognition of results.”
New York’s security council meeting came just a day after Ukraine conflict threatened spiral into a nuclear crise. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that his country would use all the resources available to defend itself.
Khan, the ICC prosecutor said he would send more staffers next week in order to investigate allegations from eastern Ukraine.
Although he has not yet made any statements regarding the conflict, he stated that a reasonable basis exists to believe that crimes were committed within the court’s jurisdiction.
The Hague-based court deals with war crimes, crimes against mankind, genocide, and crimes of aggression.
He said, “The picture I’ve seen thus far is very troubling indeed.”
Cleverly stated that the “devastating effects” of Russia’s invasion invading Ukraine are becoming more apparent every day.
He addressed his counterparts at the special foreign ministry-level meeting and said: “We are seeing the mounting evidence of Russian atrocities towards civilians, including indiscriminate bombardment and targeted attacks against over 200 medical facilities, 40 educational institutions, and horrific acts sexual violence.”
He stated that in Ukraine, where Russia is a controlling power, civilians can be tortured, detained arbitrarily and deported to Russia.
Sergei Lavrov was the foreign secretary, and the Russian foreign minister spoke immediately after him.
Russia is outnumbered in the security council. However, any meaningful action by the 15-member group on Ukraine has been hampered by its status as a permanent member with veto rights.
Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, earlier stated that one man could choose this war and one man can end it.
Talks at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, have been dominated by the conflict in Ukraine. This is where senior diplomats and world leaders from all over the world have gathered.
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The next day, Mr Putin made a rare speech to the nation. He stated that he was not bluffing. And that he would use all the means possible to defend Russian territory.
Also, the Russian leader ordered a “partial mobilization” of military reserve – causing mass protests in Moscow that resulted in over 1,300 arrests.
Liz Truss, her first speech as prime minister, stated that Mr Putin was trying desperately to justify a “catastrophic failure” in Ukraine.