Blinken complained that Putin had decided not to end his war but to expand it, not withdrawing but increasing his forces, not to reduce tensions but to let the situation escalate. “President Putin’s vote this week, with much of the world meeting 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,” said the US secretary. 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 this.”
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.
The topic of nuclear conflict is more and more
At the same time, Guterres emphasized, referring to the nuclear threats that almost mask the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin: “The idea of a nuclear conflict, once unimaginable, has become a topic of discussion.” This is not acceptable. Meanwhile, the war does not subside, on the contrary: it “moves away from any possibility of peace – and heads towards an endless cycle of terror and bloodshed.” Those responsible for possible war crimes must be held accountable in a fair manner and demand an 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 contribute to resolving 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. Khan told a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday that other members of his office would travel to Ukraine next week to investigate allegations of war crimes in the east of the country. 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.”
“This is a moment when we must show together, through actions not words, that the law matters,” Khan warned.