UN showdown looms between Lavrov, West over atrocities in Ukraine By Reuters

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By Humeyra Pamuk and Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov will face off on Thursday together with his Ukrainian and Western counterparts, together with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, when the United Nations Safety Council meets over atrocities dedicated in Ukraine.

U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres and Worldwide Legal Court docket prosecutor Karim Khan will temporary the 15-member physique, which is assembly in the course of the annual gathering of world leaders for the U.N. Basic Meeting.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 because the Safety Council met in New York to debate Western issues that Moscow was planning such a transfer.

“Against the law has been dedicated towards Ukraine, and we demand simply punishment,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy instructed the meeting on Wednesday in a recorded video. “The crime was dedicated towards the lives of our individuals. The crime was dedicated towards the dignity of our ladies and men.”

Ukraine, the USA and others have accused Russia of battle crimes in Ukraine. Russia denies concentrating on civilians throughout what it calls its “particular navy operation,” describing accusations of human rights abuses as a smear marketing campaign.

The Safety Council meets a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of a whole bunch of hundreds of Russians to battle in Ukraine, moved to annex swaths of Ukrainian territory and threatened to make use of nuclear weapons.

The council has been unable to take any significant motion on Ukraine as a result of Russia is a everlasting veto-wielding member together with the USA, France, Britain and China. The assembly on Thursday will probably be a minimum of the twentieth time the Safety Council has met on Ukraine this yr.

After Guterres and Khan temporary, the 15 council members will converse, adopted by Ukraine, a number of European nations, Belarus and European Union overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell.

In July, Lavrov walked out of a gathering of the Group of 20 overseas ministers in Indonesia when he was confronted with requires an finish to the battle and criticism over the battle fueling a world meals disaster. Lavrov denounced the West for “frenzied criticism”.

Whereas it was unlikely Russia’s seat on the U.N. Safety Council could be left empty in the course of the assembly, it was unclear how lengthy Lavrov would possibly keep within the chamber.

Ukraine’s chief battle crimes prosecutor instructed Reuters final month his workplace is investigating virtually 26,000 suspected battle crimes circumstances dedicated since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion and has charged 135 individuals.

Ukrainian officers mentioned final week they’d discovered a whole bunch of our bodies, some with their arms tied behind their backs, buried in territory close to the northeastern city if Izium recaptured from Russian forces, in what Zelenskiy referred to as proof of battle crimes by the invaders.

The pinnacle of the pro-Russian administration, which deserted the realm per week earlier, accused Ukrainians of staging the atrocities in Izium.

This week, the Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights recorded 5,916 civilians killed and eight,616 injured in Ukraine because the starting of the battle.

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