At the meeting of the UN Security Council, the countries of the European Union and the United States condemned the war in Ukraine, China called for negotiations without preconditions, and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Serhiy Lavrov appeared in the hall only for the time of his speech.

UN Secretary General António Guterres and foreign ministers of a number of countries called for an investigation into war crimes committed by Russia in the war against Ukraine at the UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday, September 22, in New York. According to Guterres, “the war unleashed by Vladimir Putin is moving further and further away from any prospect of peace towards an endless cycle of horrors and bloodshed.” The UN Secretary General called Putin’s nuclear weapons threats unacceptable.

In addition, Antonio Guterres said that the reports coming from the occupied territories “represent a ‘catalogue’ of atrocities that include executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhumane treatment of civilians and prisoners of war”. The victims and their families have the right to a trial and compensation, Guterres said. His position was supported by the ministers of foreign affairs of the European Union, Mexico, Albania and Ireland.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also openly condemned the actions of the Russian authorities. Putin’s actions demonstrate his open contempt for the UN itself, and he “shouldn’t get away” with the fact that the events in Ukraine are destroying the international order that the UN is supposed to protect, Blinken said. “Tell President Putin that he should stop putting his own interests above the interests of the whole world, including his own people,” the American newspaper The Washington Post quoted Blinken as saying to the Russian delegation.

In her turn, Burbok addressed the Russian Federation in general. “I urge Russia: you will not win this war, so stop it. Stop the suffering, stop sending your citizens to die. Stop your fictitious ‘referendums’ – they are as illegal as this war,” she said.