[guest post by Dana]
An accused war criminal attempted to counter what Russia claims is “disinformation” about kidnapped and forcibly deported Ukrainian children:
Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, who is being sought for war crimes for deporting children from Ukraine, told a U.N. meeting Wednesday that the children were taken for their safety and Moscow is coordinating with international organizations to return them to their families.
Ambassadors from Western countries boycotted the informal U.N. Security Council meeting, sending low-level diplomats instead. Diplomats from the United States, Britain, Albania and Malta walked out when the commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, started to address the meeting by video link…U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters before the session that the United States strongly opposed the briefing and joined the United Kingdom in blocking the United Nations from outside broadcast of the meeting.
Lvova-Belova should not be allowed “to have an international podium to spread disinformation and to try to defend her horrible actions that are taking place in Ukraine,” Thomas-Greenfield said…
An Associated Press investigation, published in October, on Lvova-Belova’s involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian found the open effort to put Ukrainian children up for adoption in Russia was well underway.
Russia’s ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia has also perpetuated lies about abducted Ukrainian children by claiming that there had not been any “forced adoptions” and that Ukrainian children in Russia were able to “maintain communication with their parents”. The AP corrects the record: “Russian officials deported Ukrainian children to Russia without their parents’ consent, lied to them that they weren’t wanted by their parents, used them for propaganda, and gave them Russian families and citizenship.”
Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya has said more than 19,500 children had been seized from their families or orphanages and forcibly deported. Here is a collective statement objecting to Lvova-Belova’s appearance before the Council and the continuing lies about what has happened to Ukrainian children:
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— Sergiy Kyslytsya (@SergiyKyslytsya) April 5, 2023
What makes this all the more repulsive and speaks to the shame of the United Nations, is that Russia, which called the meeting in an effort to
defend lie about its abominable treatment of Ukrainian children, presides over the U.N. Security Council due to the rotating schedule. This is despite protests from Western nations who worked to try and block the assignment. In a bitter irony, the U.N. Security Council is now being led by a country whose president has had an arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Courts for war crimes against Ukrainian children, and the speaker before the U.N. Security Council – who laughably bears the title “Commissioner for Children’s Rights” – has also had an arrest warrant issued for her by the ICC for war crimes against Ukrainian children. The U.N. disgraces itself by permitting Russia to preside over the Security Council, as well as by giving an accused war criminal a platform from which to spew her vile word vomit.