US and Russia dispute responsibility for missile

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The US and its Western allies clashed with Russia outside the UN Security Council on Wednesday over responsibility for a deadly missile attack in Poland near the Ukrainian border, an event the UN political chief described as “a chilling Remembering the Absolute” must prevent any further escalation of the nine-month war in Ukraine.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the council: “This tragedy would never have happened if it hadn’t been for Russia’s needless invasion of Ukraine and its recent missile attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure.” Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia countered, blaming Ukraine and Poland for trying to “provoke a direct clash between Russia and NATO.”

The US and Albania last week called for a council update on the situation in Ukraine, and the meeting was dominated by Tuesday’s missile attack in Poland that killed two farm workers.

Nebenzia referred to statements by the Ukrainian president and Polish officials who initially blamed Russia. The NATO chief and Poland’s president said on Wednesday there was no indication the attack was a deliberate one and that it was likely a Soviet-era projectile fired by Ukraine when it launched Russian attacks Fended off missiles and drones that destroyed their power grid and hit residential buildings.

Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, told the council that it was Russia’s “most intense bombing campaign” since invading Ukraine on February 24 and the impact “can only get worse in the coming winter months.”

She reiterated that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are prohibited under international law, noting that “heavy fighting” is ongoing in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk, and told council members “there is no end to the war in sight”. She also warned that “as long as this continues, the risks of a potentially catastrophic spillover remain all too real”.

Thomas-Greenfield, the US envoy, called the barrage of more than 90 rockets that fell on Kyiv and other cities, targeting the devastating civilian infrastructure, “a deliberate tactic” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He seems to have decided that if he cannot take Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze the country into submission,” she said.

Poland’s UN Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski told the Council: “These innocent people would not have been killed if there had not been a Russian war against Ukraine.” And Britain’s UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward said: “We should be aware that that this is a tragedy undeniably due to the illegal and unjustified invasion of Russia. And it’s an inhumane attack on civilians across Ukraine.

But Russia’s Nebenzia said he wanted to remind those who blame Russia that what Moscow is calling its “special military operation” would not have been necessary if the Minsk accords after Ukraine’s upheaval in 2014 did some harm level of self-government demanded by the Russian-backed separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east had not led to an eight-year war.

Addressing the West, Nebenzia also said there would be no military action “unless you interfered and provided Ukraine with arms and ammunition,” and encouraged Ukraine “to strive for peace on realistic terms, rather than their feverish ones.” fantasies about the possibility of a peace victory over Russia, for which the Zelenskyi regime is needlessly throwing tens of thousands of its soldiers into the meat grinder.”

On the rocket attacks, Nebenzia said: “If you reacted to the terrorist actions of the Ukrainian special forces against Russia, we would not be forced to carry out precision attacks on infrastructure.”

“But since you are acting as you are acting while the Kiev regime recognizes nonexistent military capabilities, we are forced to achieve the goals set for the special military operation by weakening Ukraine’s military potential,” he said.

Britain’s Woodward strongly disagreed, telling the council: “We have no doubt that Ukraine will prevail in the face of Russian aggression.”

Noting the Russian withdrawal from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, she said: “The liberation of Kherson demonstrates the strength, courage and determination of the Ukrainian people to defend their right to sovereign equality and territorial integrity enshrined in the UN Charter is guaranteed.”

“It is and will remain a war of choice, a pure act of unprovoked aggression and an attempt to seize territory. This war must end, not widen, and Russia started it, Russia must end it,” Hoxha said. US and Russia dispute responsibility for missile

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