Russia-Ukraine: Moscow slams West at UN Security Council meeting : LIVE UPDATES

Ukraine: “The Kremlin must remember that Ukraine is ready to defend itself”

Ukraine’s representative told the UN Security Council on Monday that “Ukraine will not give in to threats aimed at weakening Ukraine, undermining its economic and financial stability and inciting public frustration.

“It won’t happen and the Kremlin must remember that Ukraine is ready to defend itself,” he added. “At the same time, we support the need to keep open diplomatic channels with Russia.”

“If Russia has questions for Ukraine, it is better to meet and talk, not to bring troops to Ukrainian borders and intimidate the Ukrainian people,” he also said.

President Biden speaks on the UN Security Council meeting

In a statement on Monday, President Biden said that “while Russia is sincere about resolving our respective security challenges through dialogue, the United States and our allies and partners will continue to engage in good faith.” .

“If instead Russia chooses to withdraw from diplomacy and attack Ukraine, Russia will take responsibility and face swift and severe consequences,” he continued.

“The United States and our allies and partners continue to prepare for each scenario,” Biden added. “The world must have a clear eye on the actions Russia is threatening and be prepared to respond to the risks those actions pose to all of us.”

Russia accuses the West of trying to turn a war in Ukraine into reality

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya is using the UN Security Council meeting to launch new attacks on Western diplomats, saying they are trying to provoke a Ukrainian war.

“The deployment of Russian troops on our own territory has often happened on varying scales before and has not caused any hysteria,” he said.

Russia continues to deny that it has no intention of invading Ukraine, despite moving and keeping more than 125,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.

“Discussions of a threat of war are provocative in themselves,” Nebenzya said. “You almost ask for it, you want it to happen, you wait for it to happen like you want your words to come true.

“This despite the fact that we consistently reject these allegations and this despite the fact that no threat of a planned invasion of Ukraine from the mouth of a Russian politician or public figure has been made during this entire period. – no such threat has been made,” he added.

US Ambassador: Stakes for Ukraine and UN members ‘couldn’t be higher’

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council that “the stakes for Ukraine and all UN member states could not be higher.”

“This is the largest troop mobilization in Europe for decades,” she continued. “And as we speak, Russia is sending even more forces and weapons to join them. Russia has already used more than 2,000 wagons to transport troops and weapons from all over Russia to the Ukrainian border.

Russian effort to block UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine situation fails

A new effort by Russia on Monday to prevent an ongoing meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ukraine crisis failed.

Of the 15-member group, 10 nations voted in favor of holding the meeting, while Russia and China voted against and three abstained.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield earlier told the UN Security Council that “you have heard from our Russian colleagues that we are calling this meeting to make you all uncomfortable.

“Imagine how uncomfortable you would be if you had 100,000 troops sitting on your border the same way those troops are sitting on the border with Ukraine,” she added.

WATCH LIVE: UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine and Russia

The UN Security Council is due to meet at 10 a.m. ET to discuss the ongoing standoff along the Ukrainian border.

A UN official will brief the 15-member group before countries like Russia, Ukraine and the United States make statements.

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US, allies to sanction ‘friends of Putin’ in case of invasion: report

The United States and allied countries have compiled a list of Russian elites close to President Vladimir Putin to target with economic sanctions if Moscow invades Ukraine, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Monday.

“The individuals we have identified are in or near inner Kremlin circles and play a role in government decision-making or are minimally complicit in the destabilizing behavior of the Kremlin,” the senior administration official told Reuters. news agency on condition of anonymity. .

“Putin’s cronies will no longer be able to use their spouses or other family members as proxies to evade sanctions,” the official continued. “Sanctions would cut them off from the international financial system and ensure that they and their family members can no longer enjoy the benefits of parking their money in the West and attending elite Western universities.”

Ex-British diplomat: Russia invading Ukraine would be an ‘extraordinarily stupid decision’

Former British Ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood told GB News on Monday that it would be “an extraordinarily stupid decision” for Russia to invade Ukraine.

“Russia cannot just take control of Ukraine, hold it and live in peace,” he added.

The comments come as Russia continues to maintain more than 125,000 troops along the Ukrainian border.

The photo shows the United States helping the Ukrainian army

A US instructor trains Ukrainian soldiers on Sunday in the use of M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D) missiles at the Yavoriv military training ground near Lviv in western Ukraine.

Lawmaker on trip to Ukraine: ‘It looks very familiar’ to Cold War

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., says America should be willing and able to support Ukraine in defending democracy.

UN Security Council to meet today over Russia-Ukraine standoff

The UN Security Council will meet Monday at 10 a.m. ET for the first time to discuss the current situation between Russia and Ukraine.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said last week when announcing the meeting that member countries “must look carefully at the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, for Russia, for the Europe, and for the fundamental obligations and principles of the international order should Russia further invade Ukraine.”

However, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, criticized Thomas-Greenfield’s announcement, writing on Twitter: “I can’t remember another occasion when a member of the Security Council offered to discussing one’s own baseless allegations and assumptions as a threat to international order from someone else. “

“Let’s hope that other members of the UNSC will not support this clear publicity stunt that is shameful for the reputation of the UN Security Council,” he added.

Ukraine Ambassador Warns Russia Attacking Democracy, ‘Won’t Stop After Ukraine’

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States warned on Sunday that Russia’s hostility towards Ukraine is not limited to a particular conflict between the two countries, but is part of a larger mission against democracy itself. .

Amb. Oksana Markarova appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” to discuss the gathering of around 100,000 Russian troops near the border with Ukraine and growing fears that Moscow is planning an invasion.

“If Ukraine is attacked by Russia again, of course they won’t stop after Ukraine,” Markarova said. “That’s why it’s in the interests of Europe and the whole democratic world to help us defend ourselves but also to show that the international rule of law still works.”

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