Accused Russian War Criminal Tries To Defend The Indefensible At U.N. Security Council Meeting
[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.
The U.N. is little more than a shameful and moribund organization.Dana (1225fc) — 4/6/2023 @ 12:24 pm
The people who created the U.N. in San Francisco in 1945 would shake their heads at what it is today.
They would also shake their heads at what San Francisco is today. 😊norcal (7b2be1) — 4/6/2023 @ 1:14 pm
Dana- good observations. Thank you for bringing it up.steveg (d930cf) — 4/6/2023 @ 1:40 pm
There is another way of looking at the UN. The UN is a lot more than simply shameful, its beyond a disgrace, beyond shameful and should be that step just beyond moribund. This will never happen, but I’d scrap it and start over. Like a bad old house where the design was good but the rest is so substandard you have to take an excavator to it
I think having someone under indictment by the ICC address the UN Security Council is — interesting. If she s defending herself, the proper venue is the ICC itself.Appalled (555266) — 4/6/2023 @ 1:49 pm
Burn down the UN.
I doubt it’s even worth it anymore.whembly (d116f3) — 4/6/2023 @ 2:20 pm
The UK used to ship male orphans off to work camps, and female orphans off to become household help in Canada and Australia. The siblings were split up on gender lines although for the boys it was easier to send them to the same logging camp, while household help need was usually met by one female. As always, both boys and girls were subject to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. This use of orphans was done by people with the best of intentions, so I can only imagine what these poor Ukrainian kids are going through. My grandfather and great uncle ran away in their teens and found work in US factories. My grandpa was the oldest boy and searched and searched for his sisters, but by the time he was able to look for them, it was too late. Russians are currently acting like they are the real victims and are put out that much of the world thinks they are assH*** but the old “First step if you don’t want to be called an assH***? is stop acting like one”steveg (d930cf) — 4/6/2023 @ 4:08 pm
What an ordeal your grandfather and his sisters must’ve endured. The Ukraine situation is really distressing to me, given that toddlers and small children were also abducted and deported. I shudder at what they have endured, and I really can’t imagine the level of fear, despair and devastating grief of their parents.Dana (1225fc) — 4/6/2023 @ 4:58 pm
I have no idea if this is anywhere close to what happened, but this makes me think of Angelina Jolie, who stepped down after 20 years as the U.N. special envoy working on behalf of refugees throughout the world. She expressed frustration about the organization’s inability to be effective on the ground and bring peace to countries in conflict (bus said the organization was great during emergencies and humanitarian crises):
Perhaps things like the U.N. allowing Russia to run the table was one egregious act too much. More effective at a local level.Dana (1225fc) — 4/6/2023 @ 5:09 pm
I don’t know why anyone cares about the UN any more. It conveniently ignored by every member country when it is in their interest to do so.Rip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 4/6/2023 @ 5:20 pm
Dana, the UN is just League of Nations II. Sadly.Simon Jester (bb391c) — 4/6/2023 @ 7:15 pm
League of Nations II sounds like a bad Bollywood rehashsteveg (d930cf) — 4/6/2023 @ 7:40 pm
She should be encouraged to travel to the UN to give her speech. Then arrest her at JFK. Or if that is impossible, have her limo hit by a truck.Kevin M (1ea396) — 4/6/2023 @ 8:10 pm
And, again, allowing Russia to assume the USSR’s council seat was a mistake, and like the did with Taiwan, the general assembly should revoke that and declare it vacant. Then give it to Japan.Kevin M (1ea396) — 4/6/2023 @ 8:13 pm
Would rather have the UN than not, lest we forget October, 1962 and their small part in saving the world. And at that time, if memory serves, Soviet diplomat Zorin was president of the Security Council that month… but that didn’t stop U.S. Ambassador Stevenson from nailing the Russians in public – on television no less:
Linda Thomas-Greenfield is no Adlai Stevenson.DCSCA (ab9c50) — 4/6/2023 @ 8:18 pm
She could be served the special Polonium tea or jabbed in the left buttock with a poison tipped umbrella. Or she could climb up to the roof and fall. If the polonium isn’t good enough she could have a vodka and gelsemiumsteveg (d930cf) — 4/6/2023 @ 8:46 pm
Tossing her out of a high window could be blamed on Moscow’s defenestration crisis.Kevin M (1ea396) — 4/6/2023 @ 10:08 pm
She should be encouraged to travel to the UN to give her speech. Then arrest her at JFK.
We do not recognize the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. In point of fact, we have a standing authorization for the use of military force to rescue American citizens who are arrested by it.nk (6c418e) — 4/7/2023 @ 4:12 am
As for the “failure” of the UN, is please to not make me laugh, comrade. We cannot unite San Francisco and Bakersfield. Is we can unite whole world?nk (6c418e) — 4/7/2023 @ 5:05 am
*comrades*nk (6c418e) — 4/7/2023 @ 5:06 am