Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador pleads at the Security Council for war to stop : NPR

Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya raises his cellphone and shakes it towards the Russian consultant, imploring him to name off the struggle.

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Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya raises his cellphone and shakes it towards the Russian consultant, imploring him to name off the struggle.

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Moments after Russia introduced the invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian consultant to the United Nations launched an intense, last-ditch name for Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease the struggle.

At an emergency assembly of the U.N. Safety Council in New York Wednesday night time, Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya held up his smartphone and shook it towards his Russian counterpart, demanding he put an finish the invasion proper then and there.

“Name Putin, name [Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov to cease aggression,” Kyslytsya implored in his speech absolutely in English (full textual content under). And on the finish of his handle, he warned: “There isn’t any purgatory for struggle criminals. They go straight to hell, Ambassador.”

Russia occurs to carry the rotating presidency of the U.N. Safety Council, so its ambassador to the U.N., Vassily Nebenzia, was chairing over a litany of charged speeches by member states in opposition to Russia.

Kyslytsya mentioned Nebenzia ought to hand the Safety Council presidency over to a “reliable member.”

Right here is the total textual content of the Ukrainian ambassador’s Wednesday night time handle on the U.N. Safety Council.

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya: Distinguished members of the Safety Council, Secretary-Common, Undersecretary,

Earlier than I attempt to ship elements of the assertion that I got here right here with tonight — most of it’s already ineffective, since 10 p.m. New York time — I wish to cite Article 4 of the U.N. Constitution. And it says:

Membership within the United Nations is open to all different peace-loving states which settle for the obligations contained within the current Constitution and, within the judgment of the Group, are ready and keen to hold out these obligations.

Russia will not be capable of perform any of the obligations. The ambassador of the Russian Federation three minutes in the past confirmed that his president declared a struggle on my nation. So earlier than I learn elements of my assertion, I wish to avail the presence of the secretary-general and request the secretary-general to distribute among the many members of the Safety Council and the members of the Common Meeting the authorized memos by the authorized council of the United Nations dated December 1991, and specifically, the authorized memo dated nineteenth of December, 1991. The one which we have been attempting to get out of the secretariat for a really very long time and had been denied to get it.

The Article 4, paragraph 2 of the constitution reads:

The admission of any such state to membership within the United Nations will probably be effected by a choice of the Common Meeting upon the advice of the Safety Council.

Mr. Secretary-Common, please instruct the secretariat to distribute among the many members of the Safety Council and the members of the Common Meeting a choice by the Safety Council dated December 1991 that recommends that the Russian Federation generally is a member of this group, in addition to a choice by the Common Meeting dated December 1991 the place the Common Meeting welcomes the Russian Federation to this group.

It might be a miracle if the secretariat is ready to produce such selections.

There’s nothing within the Constitution of the United Nations about continuity, as a sneaky approach to get into the group.

So once I was coming right here an hour in the past or so, I used to be aspiring to ask the Russian ambassador to verify, on the report, that the Russian troops won’t begin firing at Ukrainians at present and go forward with the offensive. It grew to become ineffective 48 minutes. As a result of about 48 minutes in the past, your president declared struggle on Ukraine.

So now I wish to ask the ambassador of the Russian Federation to say on the report that at this very second your troops don’t shell and bomb Ukrainian cities, that your troops don’t transfer within the territory of Ukraine.

You could have a smartphone, you may name Lavrov proper now. We are able to make a pause to allow you to exit and name him.

If you’re not ready to offer an affirmative reply, the Russian Federation must relinquish tasks of the president of the Safety Council, cross these tasks of a reliable member of the Safety Council, a member that’s respectful of the constitution. And I ask the members of the Safety Council to convene an emergency assembly instantly and take into account all essential draft selections to cease the struggle.

As a result of it is too late, my expensive colleagues, to talk about de-escalation. Too late. The Russian declared the struggle on the report.

(He raises his smartphone and shakes it, gesturing towards the Russian ambassador.)

Ought to I play the video of your president? Ambassador, shall I do this proper now? You’ll be able to affirm it.

(The Russian ambassador begins to talk to reply him.)

Don’t interrupt me, please. Thanks.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia: Then do not ask me questions when you find yourself talking. Proceed together with your assertion.

Kyslytsya: Anyway. You declared the struggle. It’s the duty of this physique to cease the struggle. So I name on each one in all you to do all the pieces potential to cease the struggle.

Or ought to I play the video together with your president declaring the struggle?

Thanks very a lot.

Nebenzia: I have to say that I thank the consultant of Ukraine for his assertion and questions I wasn’t planning to reply them, as a result of I’ve already mentioned all I do know at this level. Waking up Minister Lavrov presently will not be one thing I plan to do. He mentioned the data that we have now will probably be one thing we offer.

(Later within the assembly)

Kyslytsya: Effectively as I mentioned, relinquish your duties because the chair. Name Putin, name Lavrov to cease aggression. And I welcome the choice of some members of this council to satisfy as quickly as potential to contemplate the mandatory resolution that may condemn the aggression that you’ll launch on my folks. There isn’t any purgatory for struggle criminals. They go straight to hell. Ambassador.

Nebenzia: I needed to say in conclusion that we aren’t being aggressive in opposition to the Ukrainian folks, however in opposition to the junta that’s in energy in Kyiv.

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