‘There is no purgatory for war criminals’: Ukrainian Ambassador slams Russia’s envoy in UN showdown

Sergiy Kyslytsya implored Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya to do everything possible to stop the war

Sergiy Kyslytsya

As Russia invaded Ukraine in the early hours of the morning, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations sent a powerful message to Russian leaders.

Sergiy Kyslytsya implored Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya to do everything possible to stop the war and to ‘call Putin, call (Foreign Minister Sergey) Lavrov to stop (the) aggression.’

Kyslytsya slammed Nebenzia and told him: “There is no purgatory for war criminals. They go straight to hell ambassador.’

His comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the invasion in a pre-dawn statement, launching all-out war on Ukraine with missiles, warplanes and tanks. The Russian President announced he was starting the invasion to “defend people who have been victims of abuse and genocide”, an utterly bogus pretext.

The Ukrainian government has reported airstrikes at military facilities in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro, as well as artillery fire on the border.

Ukraine’s interior ministry has said that the country has come under attack from cruise and ballistic missiles, with Russia targetting infrastructure near major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Dnipro.

“Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” said Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. “Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend itself and will win. The world can and must stop Putin. The time to act is now.”

Basit Mahmood is editor of Left Foot Forward

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