US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has called for an end to Russian nuclear threats. At a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday, Blinken said, “Every member of the council can send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately.” And in a televised speech on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced – the mobilization of 300,000 reserve soldiers to wage a war of aggression against Ukraine.
Putin also said: “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all available means to protect Russia and our people. This is not a hoax.” Observers saw the use of nuclear weapons as a threat.
Blinken complained that Putin had decided not to end his war but to expand it, not withdrawing his forces, but increasing them, not to reduce tensions but to escalate the situation. “President Putin’s vote this week, as most of the world gathers at the United Nations, to light the fire he started shows his total contempt for the UN Charter, for the General Assembly and for this advice,” the US Secretary of State said. The state. “The international order that we are gathered here to support is crumbling before our very eyes. We cannot and will not allow President Putin to get away with it.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized the Russian-backed referendums in several regions of eastern Ukraine as a possible violation of international law. “Any annexation of the territory of a state by another state due to the threat of use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and international law,” Guterres said at the UN Security Council’s special session on the Ukraine war on Thursday.
At the same time, Guterres, referring to the nuclear threats that almost mask the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, emphasized: “The idea of a nuclear conflict, which was once unimaginable, has become a subject of discussion.” this is unacceptable. Meanwhile, the war does not abate, on the contrary: it is “moving further steps away from any possibility of peace – and towards an endless cycle of terror and bloodshed.” And he demanded that those responsible for possible war crimes be held accountable in a fair and independent trial.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Russia and Ukraine to start peace talks without preconditions at the UN Security Council. Wang told the Security Council in New York on Thursday that “dialogue and negotiation” is the only way to end the conflict. All efforts that can help resolve the crisis must be supported.” Any form of a “hot war or a new cold war” must be prevented.
Wang called for respecting the territorial integrity of all countries and adhering to the principles of the United Nations Charter. He called on those involved to “rein in” – but as before he did not directly condemn friendly Russia for its aggressive war against Ukraine.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, has announced that he will send more staff to Ukraine for investigation. Next week, other members of his office will travel to Ukraine to investigate allegations of war crimes in the east of the country, Khan said at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday. In May, the International Criminal Court in Ukraine carried out the largest field operation in its history. Since then there has been a permanent presence there.
“We are now in the forensic, objective and impartial stage, sometimes very hard work to establish facts and separate fact from fiction,” he said. What he saw so far is very disturbing. “Having visited Ukraine three times, I have seen a great deal of destruction, suffering and damage, which strengthens my resolve and my earlier decision that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court have been committed.”
Kahn cautioned that “this is a moment when we must show together, through deeds and not words, that the law is important.”