Russia Says Western Weapons Aren’t Helping Ukraine, Insists Kremlin Will ‘Finish’ War

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia dismissed claims that trendy Western weapons provided to Ukraine can lead it to victory as “empty fantasies,” insisting Thursday that the Russian military is destroying Ukraine’s previous and new weapons and can “finish” the conflict as President Vladimir Putin vowed.

The US accused Russia of getting “the gall to blame other countries for refusing to step aside as it seeks to destroy another U.N. member state.” The Biden administration mentioned it’s dedicated to supporting the Ukrainian folks “as they defend their lives, their liberty, and their democracy.”

The conflict got here on the U.N. Safety Council’s third consecutive assembly on Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the council held a gathering at Russia’s request to listen to in regards to the state of affairs on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine the place Ukraine and Russia have accused one another of shelling the power and threatening a potential nuclear disaster.

On Wednesday, on the request of the U.S. and Albania, the council mentioned what the U.S. mentioned is the forcible deportation of a whole lot of 1000’s of Ukrainians to Russia.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, referred to as Thursday’s assembly to debate threats to peace brought on by overseas governments supplying arms and navy items to Ukraine.

He informed the council that the implications of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his “entourage” saying that Western weapons and “so-called wonder warfare” will change the course of the six-month battle and produce Ukraine victory is “very lamentable for Ukraine.”

“We are very far still from the end of this destructive process,” Nebenzia mentioned. “Let me say immediately, however, that Western weaponry is not playing a decisive role on the battlefield regardless of what the Ukrainians and their vassals are saying.”

“The Russian army consistently, with minimal risk for its soldiers and civilians is destroying not only the old weaponry of Soviet models, which the Eastern European countries are discharging, but also the modern NATO weapons,” he mentioned.

Nebenzia conceded that “several minor villages were taken” recently, leading to Western media claims of a Ukrainian counteroffensive, but he said most military experts agree that new weapons will not change the balance of forces “and will only extend the agony of the Zelenskyy regime.”

U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu, who briefed the council, said there have been “widespread and independently verified reports of the transfer of major conventional weapon systems to local armed groups in Ukraine, including artillery rocket systems.” She didn’t say the place they got here from, solely elevating basic issues about diversion.

Nebenzia claimed “a significant proportion” of Western weapons discover their means into the palms of smugglers, and will find yourself within the palms of terrorists in Europe, Asia, the Center East and Africa.

U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills referred to as Thursday’s assembly “a transparent attempt” by Russia to distract from Wednesday’s assembly on the compelled displacement of Ukrainians. He famous the U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights mentioned her workplace had studies of torture “in conjunction with Russia’s abhorrent use of `filtration camps.’”

Mills mentioned Russia’s claims that the U.S. and the West are escalating and prolonging the conflict in Ukraine “are false.”

“They are cynical attempts to deflect attention from Moscow’s role as the sole aggressor in what is unnecessary and brutal war, for which the world is paying a collective price,” he mentioned.

Mills requested all council members to think about what they’d do in the event that they have been invaded by an even bigger neighbor and what they’d search from the worldwide neighborhood.

“None of us here would simply let our country’s history and identity be attacked, our cities shelled to rubble, our people killed, our territory taken,” he mentioned. “We would appeal for international support in the face of such naked aggression.”

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya recalled that former Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev wrote in his memoirs that Hitler wouldn’t have been defeated with out U.S. assist and at this time Ukraine and the U.S. and its different allies “are doing their best to ensure such a response” towards Russia.

“The liberation of Ukrainian territories that is well on the way in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions serves as the best proof of the effectiveness of our efforts,” he mentioned. “We will fight against the occupiers until all the Russian soldiers who entered Ukraine to kill these people are defeated.”