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Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador confronts Russian counterpart: ‘There is no purgatory for war criminals’


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An eleventh-hour United Nations meeting looking for to stem likely combating in between Ukraine and Russia manufactured a scarce, spontaneous trade in between the countries’ reps.

All through the assembly, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya explained to the council that his place desires peace but warned they had been on the precipice of war and termed on the council to prevent Russian aggression. 

“It is also late, my expensive colleagues, to discuss about de-escalation,” Kyslytsya explained, as Russian forces piled in close proximity to the border of the two international locations. “I connect with on each individual just one of you to do every little thing achievable to cease the war.”

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2022/02/21: Ukraine Permanent Representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya briefs media after emergency SC meeting on situation on Ukraine-Russia borders at UN Headquarters. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2022/02/21: Ukraine Permanent Agent to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya briefs media after emergency SC assembly on scenario on Ukraine-Russia borders at UN Headquarters. (Picture by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Visuals)

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Kyslytsya then specifically resolved his counterpart, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who was presiding around the assembly. He encouraged him to decide up the cell phone and get in touch with off the Russian government from invading his country 

“You have a smartphone. You can connect with,” Kyslytsya pressed.

“I have already claimed all I know at this place,” Nebenzia explained in reaction.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2022/01/31: Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya speaks during SC meeting on situation on Ukrainian-Russian borders at UN Headquarters.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2022/01/31: Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya speaks through SC meeting on condition on Ukrainian-Russian borders at UN Headquarters.
(Image by Lev Radin/Pacific Push/LightRocket by using Getty Images)

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Afterwards in the conference, Kyslytsya termed on Nebenzia to relinquish his obligations as the chairman of the assembly, whilst thanking other members for condemning the aggression.

“There is no purgatory for war criminals. They go straight to hell, Ambassador,” the Ukrainian reported.

The two officials also disagreed about the armed forces action, with the Ukrainian formal describing it as an invasion while the Russian formal named it a “specific military operation.”

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations (UN) Sergiy Kyslytsya (L) fist bumps US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (R) after he speaking during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ukraine crisis, in New York, February 21, 2022. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Everlasting Agent of Ukraine to the United Nations (UN) Sergiy Kyslytsya (L) fist bumps US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield (R) just after he speaking for the duration of an emergency assembly of the UN Protection Council on the Ukraine crisis, in New York, February 21, 2022. (Picture by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP by using Getty Images)

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Kyslytsya criticized the term as “lunatic semantics.”

The contributed to this report.

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