US ambassador to UN calls Putin’s peacekeepers ‘nonsense’
United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Linda Thomas GreenfieldLinda Thomas-Greenfield Zelensky rules out ceding territory to Russia in late-night speech to Ukraine US ambassador to UN calls Putin’s peacekeepers ‘nonsense’ Russian President said on Monday Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinZelensky rules out ceding territory to Russia in late-night speech to Ukraine The US ambassador to the UN calls Putin’s peacekeeping forces ‘nonsense’. Sending peacekeepers to breakaway regions of Ukraine was “nonsense” as officials warn Kiev is still on the brink of a possible invasion.
At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council held at the request of Ukraine, the United States and six other countries, Thomas-Greenfield referred to Putin’s announcement that he would would recognize the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic as independent.
“He has since announced that he will place Russian troops in these areas. He calls them peacekeepers,” Thomas-Greenfield said of the Russian president. “That’s nonsense. We know what they really are.”
“In doing so, he put before the world a choice. We must meet the moment, and we must not look away,” she added. “History tells us that looking the other way, in the face of such hostility, will be a much more costly course.”
the Meet was asked by Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, who claimed that Putin’s actions were in violation of the UN charter and a UN General Assembly resolution of 2014.
Earlier Monday, Putin announced that he send forces to the two breakaway regions, although it was not immediately clear from reports whether the troops would enter areas outside of those controlled by the separatists.
In response, Western leaders condemned Russia’s decision as a violation of international law, and President BidenJoe BidenUS Ambassador to UN Calls Putin’s Peacekeepers ‘Nonsense’ US Moves Embassy Staff from Ukraine to Poland announced that he was going sign a decree banning new US investment, trade and financing from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Russia has amassed up to 190,000 troops near Ukraine and the United States has warned an invasion could come at any moment.