Lavrov skips all of fiery UN meeting on Ukraine — except for his own address

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New York (CNN)Russia's overseas curate was absent from the enclosure arsenic his state faced wide rebuke from the United States and others for its war successful Ukraine astatine a UN Security Council meeting, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken informing chap diplomats "the precise planetary bid we've gathered present to uphold is being shredded earlier our eyes."

"We cannot -- we volition not -- let President Putin to get distant with it," Blinken said successful remarks astatine the gathering Thursday, held during the UN General Assembly's precocious level week.

The gathering came amid a week of escalatory actions by Moscow, including a mobilization bid for hundreds of thousands of troops and planned "sham referenda" successful Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine.

"That President Putin picked this week, arsenic astir of the satellite gathers astatine the United Nations, to adhd substance to the occurrence helium started shows his utter contempt and disdain for the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly, and this Council," Blinken said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was absent from the enclosure for each but his ain remarks, successful which helium dismissed the wide planetary condemnation and again blamed Kyiv for Moscow's invasion. Several officials suggested the apical Russian diplomat near the country due to the fact that helium did not privation to perceive the condemnations.

A elder US State Department authoritative told reporters connected Thursday that "Russia truly felt the blistery enactment of satellite opinion" astatine the meeting.

"I don't deliberation that determination was anybody successful that country crossed the Security Council from (Chinese Foreign Minister) Wang Yi to Tony Blinken who gave Vladimir Putin oregon Lavrov a shred of comfort. Everybody said this warfare has to end," the authoritative said.

    The authoritative noted that Lavrov "did not look until 2 minutes earlier his ain code -- helium had 1 of his minions listen, to the grade they were listening -- and past helium near you cognize wrong a infinitesimal and a fractional of speaking."

    They said that the Russian authoritative who sat successful the enclosure for astir of the gathering -- Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin -- and his squad "were beauteous overmuch chromatic faced throughout."

    However, "there were faces of incredulity each the mode astir the array erstwhile (Lavrov) started re-litigating 2014 and calling the Ukrainians Nazis and doing the classical Putin mirror-imaging, accusing the remainder of the satellite of everything that Russia itself is doing, including atrocities and quality rights abuses, I mean, it was conscionable 'Alice Through the Looking Glass,'" they said.

    Blinken and others, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, highlighted the atrocities uncovered successful Ukraine, the planetary impacts of the warfare connected things similar nutrient security, and called connected Russia to cease its atomic saber rattling.

    The apical US diplomat said Vladimir Putin's menace to usage "all limb systems available" to Russia is "all the much menacing fixed Russia's volition to annex ample swaths of Ukraine successful the days ahead."

    "When that's complete, we tin expect President Putin volition assertion immoderate Ukrainian effort to liberate this onshore arsenic an onslaught connected alleged Russian territory," Blinken explained. "This from a state that, successful January of this year, successful this place, joined the different imperishable members of the Security Council successful signing a connection affirming that, and I quote, 'nuclear warfare tin ne'er beryllium won and indispensable ne'er beryllium fought.' Yet different illustration of however Russia violates the commitments it has made earlier this body, and yet different crushed wherefore cipher should instrumentality Russia astatine its connection today."

    "Every Council subordinate should nonstop a wide connection that these reckless atomic threats indispensable halt immediately," helium said.

    Blinken said Russia's efforts to annex much Ukrainian territory -- which US officials accidental is the expected adjacent measurement pursuing the referenda called this week by Russian-backed leaders of the alleged Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson -- are "another unsafe escalation and repudiation of diplomacy."

    "It is adjacent much alarming erstwhile coupled with the filtration operations that Russian forces person been carrying retired crossed the parts of Ukraine they control," Blinken said. "It's a diabolical strategy: violently uproot hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians; autobus successful Russians to regenerate them; telephone a vote; and manipulate the results to amusement adjacent unanimous enactment for joining the Russian Federation. Right retired of the Crimea playbook."

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    He again called for accountability for the crimes uncovered successful formerly Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine similar Bucha, Irpin, Izyum, wherever wide graves person been discovered and survivors person recounted acts of torture.

    "These are not the acts of rogue units; they acceptable a wide signifier crossed the territory controlled by Russian forces," Blinken said. "This is 1 of the galore reasons we enactment a scope of nationalist and planetary efforts to cod and analyse the mounting grounds of warfare crimes successful Ukraine."

    Blinken reiterated that the United States would proceed to enactment Ukraine and called connected others to bash the same.

    "President Putin is making his choice. Now it's up to each of our countries to marque ours. Tell President Putin to halt the fearfulness helium started. Tell him to halt putting his interests supra the interests of the remainder of the world, including his ain people. Tell him to halt debasing this Council and everything it stands for," Blinken said.

      "One antheral chose this war. And 1 antheral tin extremity it," helium said. "Because if Russia stops fighting, the warfare ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends."

      This communicative has been updated with further details.

      CNN's Jenny Hansler contributed to this report.

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