UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia dismissed claims that modern Western weapons supplied to Ukraine tin pb it to triumph arsenic “empty fantasies,” insisting Thursday that the Russian service is destroying Ukraine’s aged and caller weapons and volition “finish” the warfare arsenic President Vladimir Putin vowed.
The United States accused Russia of having “the gall to blasted different countries for refusing to measurement speech arsenic it seeks to destruct different U.N. subordinate state.” The Biden medication said it is committed to supporting the Ukrainian radical “as they support their lives, their liberty, and their democracy.”
The clash came astatine the U.N. Security Council’s 3rd consecutive gathering connected Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the assembly held a gathering astatine Russia’s petition to perceive astir the concern astatine the Zaporizhzhia atomic works successful southeastern Ukraine wherever Ukraine and Russia person accused each different of shelling the installation and threatening a imaginable atomic catastrophe.
Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called Thursday’s gathering to sermon threats to bid caused by overseas governments supplying arms and subject goods to Ukraine.
He told the assembly that the consequences of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his “entourage” saying that Western weapons and “so-called wonderment warfare” volition alteration the people of the six-month struggle and bring Ukraine triumph is “very lamentable for Ukraine.”
“We are precise acold inactive from the extremity of this destructive process,” Nebenzia said. “Let maine accidental immediately, however, that Western weaponry is not playing a decisive relation connected the battlefield careless of what the Ukrainians and their vassals are saying.”
“The Russian service consistently, with minimal hazard for its soldiers and civilians is destroying not lone the aged weaponry of Soviet models, which the Eastern European countries are discharging, but besides the modern NATO weapons,” helium said.
Nebenzia conceded that “several insignificant villages were taken" recently, starring to Western media claims of a Ukrainian counteroffensive, but helium said astir subject experts hold that caller weapons volition not alteration the equilibrium of forces “and volition lone widen the agony of the Zelenskyy regime."
U.N. disarmament main Izumi Nakamitsu, who briefed the council, said determination person been “widespread and independently verified reports of the transportation of large accepted limb systems to section equipped groups successful Ukraine, including artillery rocket systems.” She did not accidental wherever they came from, lone raising wide concerns astir diversion.
Nebenzia claimed “a important proportion” of Western weapons find their mode into the hands of smugglers, and could extremity up successful the hands of terrorists successful Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
U.S. lawman ambassador Richard Mills called Thursday’s gathering “a transparent attempt” by Russia to distract from Wednesday’s gathering connected the forced displacement of Ukrainians. He noted the U.N. adjunct secretary-general for quality rights said her bureau had reports of torture “in conjunction with Russia’s abhorrent usage of `filtration camps.’”
Mills said Russia’s claims that the U.S. and the West are escalating and prolonging the warfare successful Ukraine “are false.”
“They are cynical attempts to deflect attraction from Moscow’s relation arsenic the sole aggressor successful what is unnecessary and brutal war, for which the satellite is paying a corporate price,” helium said.
Mills asked each assembly members to see what they would bash if they were invaded by a bigger neighbour and what they would question from the planetary community.
“None of america present would simply fto our country’s past and individuality beryllium attacked, our cities shelled to rubble, our radical killed, our territory taken,” helium said. “We would entreaty for planetary enactment successful the look of specified bare aggression.”
Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya recalled that erstwhile Soviet person Nikita Khrushchev wrote successful his memoirs that Hitler would not person been defeated without U.S. assistance and contiguous Ukraine and the U.S. and its different allies “are doing their champion to guarantee specified a response” against Russia.
“The liberation of Ukrainian territories that is good connected the mode successful the Kharkiv and Kherson regions serves arsenic the champion impervious of the effectiveness of our efforts,” helium said. “We volition combat against the occupiers until each the Russian soldiers who entered Ukraine to termination these radical are defeated.”