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Ukrainian Ambassador condemns Russian "Nuclear Blackmail"
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February 27, 2022

Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council today, Ukraine Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said, "It is extremely alarming that the Russian president has resorted today to open nuclear blackmail. The world must take this threat very seriously." He said high presicion long range weapons were being "widely used against the Ukrainians." "According to the Ukrainian Health Minister Victor Liashko, at least sixteen children were killed since 24 February 2022," he said. "Due to the shelling and gunshots one child was killed and two wounded in the National Children’s Hospital Okhmatdyt in Kiev." Ambassador Kyslytsya said 4300 Russian personnel have been killed and 200 prisoners of war have been taken since February 27 and said a website launched by the Ukrainian government to help relatives of Russian soldiers determine their whereabouts had been blocked inside Russia. He gave the number of a hotline set up for the same purpose. Ukraine has filed a case against the Russian Federation at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and requested the court to issue an order of provisional measures against Russia. "The court has jurisdiction to hear Ukraine’s case and to order emergency measures on the basis of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide," Ambassador Kyslytsya said, adding, "Ukraine will bring Russia to account."

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