I stressed in the Security Council today the Secretary-General's appeal to all concerned to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions around Ukraine. We stand ready to support all efforts to that end. https://t.co/4Agcp4pea6
— Rosemary A. DiCarlo (@DicarloRosemary) January 31, 2022
Ambassador Nebenzia questioned the 100,000-troop figure, adding that all deployments had taken inside Russian territory, which has frequently happened before, to varying degrees, “and has not caused any hysterics whatsoever.”
“There’s no proof to confirm these serious accusations” of a move towards war, he said, adding that they constitute “a provocation in itself” and “the economic impact is already being felt by Ukrainian neighbours.”
The senior diplomat also accused Western powers of “pumping Ukraine full of weapons”.
“You’re waiting for it to happen, as if you want your words to become a reality”, he added.
Ukraine: We won’t ‘bow’ down to threats
Addressing ambassadors, the Ukrainian Permanent Representative, Sergiy Kyslytsya, argued that “serious talk” inside the Security Council to find a diplomatic end to the crisis, was required now, “more than ever”.
He informed that, since 22 December, shootings, shelling, sniper fire, and systematic use of attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukrainian troops, had killed 12 Ukrainian servicemen and wounded aother 14.
He assured that “Ukraine is not going to launch a military offensive, neither in Donbas nor in Crimea, nor anywhere else.”
“Ukraine sees no alternative to peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict and restoration of its sovereignty and territorial integrity”, he added.
Yet, the diplomat said there is “a surge in Russian disinformation campaigns, including false accusations of Ukraine plotting a military attack.”
Mr. Kyslytsya also addressed the Russian demand that Ukraine be barred from becoming a member of NATO, noting his country sovereign right to choose its own security arrangements.
“Ukraine will not bow to threats aimed at weakening Ukraine, undermining its economic and financial stability and inciting public frustration. This will not happen, and the Kremlin must remember that Ukraine is ready to defend itself”, he concluded.