Remarks by Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia on Threats to International Peace and Security

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March 22, 2024

Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, said that “the propaganda nonsense from Russia sounds extremely cynical,” as just hours before, that country launched a massive missile strike targeting critical energy infrastructure across Ukraine.

According to preliminary information, the Russia Federation launched 151 weapons units, cutting off electricity and heating to hundreds of thousands of households.

“That is how terrorists perceive the lack of response to their previous crimes — as an invitation to new attacks,” he stated.

The situation in the northern part of the Sumy region of Ukraine can be equated to a humanitarian catastrophe, he stressed, while Moscow is bombing its own held territory with the same level of cruelty and disregard for civilian infrastructure.

“Solidarity with Ukraine is critical to sober the aggressor, as its appetites are not limited to Ukraine alone,” he stressed.

Ukraine must ensure reliable protection of the skies because “if Putin loses the battle for the Ukrainian skies, he will lose the land as well,” he said.  It is particularly cynical that Moscow laments “Western weapons” while actively receiving significant supplies of munitions from Pyongyang, including ballistic missiles and artillery shells.

Noting that later that day, the Council was scheduled to vote on extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, he called on it to “prove the global order can work by preventing attempts to silence independent and objective experts, and by ensuring the relevant sanction regime works and the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is not able to help the Russian terrorists.”

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