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The United States accused Russia of deliberately distracting the UN Security Council with topics about the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine a decade ago, while Moscow was preparing a large-scale missile and air strike on Ukrainian cities.
Source : Ukrinform with reference to Minister-Counselor of the US Mission to the UN John Kelly during an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council
Direct speech : “Two days ago, the Russian Federation organized a meeting of the Security Council to recall the events of 10 years ago. Russia stated that discussing the Revolution of Dignity would allow Council members to better understand how these events affected the current situation in Ukraine.”
Details : He called it absurd and emphasized that at the same time Moscow was developing a large-scale missile and air strike on Ukraine.
“That's what Russia has been diverting the parliament's attention to this week as it plans its largest air attack on Ukraine, its cities and critical infrastructure since the illegal full-scale invasion began,” Kelly said.
In this regard, he confirmed the US position announced on Friday by President Biden, calling the Russian attack a “stern reminder” that Putin has not abandoned his goals of destroying Ukraine and emphasizing that he must be stopped.
“We have asked all members of the Security Council to join us in strongly condemning this heinous attack on cities and civilian infrastructure across Ukraine,” the US spokesman said.
He also stressed that any criminal lie by the Russians about supposed “strikes against military targets” will not erase or hide the ruins throughout the country, as well as the thousands of innocent victims lost since the beginning of the war.
- On the night of December 29, Russia launched its most massive air strike against Ukraine. Kyiv, Kharkov, Dnepr, Odessa, Lvov, Zaporozhye and other cities were under attack.
- According to the Air Force, the Russian Federation has used almost all types of weapons at its disposal. Air defense managed to destroy 114 of 158 enemy air targets.
- The Office of the President previously reported 26 dead and more than 120 injured.
- Interior Minister Igor Klimenko said that as of 19:30, 30 people were killed and more than 160 wounded as a result of the massive Russian strike on December 29.