The US ambassador to the United Nations has said there should no longer be any doubt that Russia intends to annex Ukraine “and completely dislodge it from the world map”.
Inda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that the United States is seeing increasing signs that Russia is laying the foundation for an effort to annex all the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, including “illegitimate” Includes installation. proxy officials in the Russian-occupied territories, with the goal of holding a fake referendum or decree to join Russia”.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, “even stated that this is Russia’s war objective”, she said.
Mr Lavrov told an Arab summit in Cairo on Sunday that Moscow’s overarching goal in Ukraine is to free its people from its “unacceptable regime”.
Evidently suggesting that the purpose of Moscow’s war extends beyond Ukraine’s industrial Donbass region to the east, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk, Mr Lavrov said: “We will certainly help the Ukrainian people to get rid of the regime.” Which is completely anti-people and anti-historic.”
Russia’s deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told the Security Council on Friday that “the Nazism and demilitarization of Ukraine will be done thoroughly”.
“This phase should no longer pose any threat to the Donbass, nor to Russia, nor to the Free Ukrainian Territories, where for the first time in many years people can finally feel that they can live the way they want, ” They said. ,
Mr. Polinski warned Western countries of supplying long-range artillery and MLRS surface-to-surface rockets by shifting the “provisional line of defense” further west, “and in doing so our special Let us further clarify the aims and objectives of the Army Operations”.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield attacked countries that say “one country’s security should not come at the expense of another”, asking what she calls Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He did not name any countries, but it is an idea that has been repeated repeatedly by China, including on Friday by UN Deputy Ambassador Geng Shuang.
He told the council: “Putting one’s own security above others, striving to strengthen military factions, establishing absolute superiority … will only lead to conflict and confrontation, divide the international community and make itself less secure. “
The US ambassador also denounced those nations calling on all countries to adopt diplomacy without naming Russia, saying: “Let us be clear: Russia’s ongoing actions are an obstacle to the resolution of this crisis.” Again he did not name any country, but many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East adopted this approach.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield cited evidence of escalating atrocities, including alleged bombings of schools and hospitals, “killings of aid workers and journalists, targeting civilians who tried to escape, brutal executions of those going about their daily business.” – Contains killing style. Bucha”, a suburb of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, where local officials said hundreds were killed during Russian military occupation.
She said there is evidence that the Russian military “interrogated, forcibly detained, deported an estimated hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including children – torn them from their homes and deported them to remote areas in the east”. .
According to both Ukrainian and Russian officials, about two million Ukrainian refugees have been deported to Russia. Ukraine portrays these visits as forced relocation to enemy soil, which is considered a war crime. Russia calls them the humanitarian evacuation of war victims who already speak Russian and are grateful for a new home.
A recent Associated Press investigation, based on dozens of interviews, found that, while the situation is more nuanced that Ukrainians suggest, many refugees are actually forced to embark on a surreal journey in Russia, in the face of human rights violations. Subject to a path of abuse, the documents are snatched away and left confused and lost as to where they belong. Those who leave pass through a series known as filtration points, where healing ranges from interrogation and exploration of the bandage to being swaddled to one side and never seen again.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield told the Security Council: “The United States has information that officials from the Russian presidential administration are overseeing and coordinating filtration operations.”
Mr Polinsky countered that, despite Ukraine’s efforts to intimidate its citizens, “the people are choosing the country they trust” – Russia.
He warned that the heavy weapons the West was pouring into Ukraine would “spread to Europe” because of what he claimed was “the thriving corruption among Ukraine’s political and military leadership”.
He added that Western weapons were only “addressing the suffering and increasing the suffering of the Ukrainian people”.
Addressing Western ambassadors, he said: “The objectives of our special military operation will be achieved by any means, no matter how much fuel you put into the fire in the form of weapons.”