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Britain and the US charged Wednesday that Russia is utilizing its place as present president of the U.N. Safety Council to unfold disinformation and propaganda, and blocked the U.N. webcast of a Safety Council assembly Moscow known as to defend its elimination of kids from Ukraine.

The Worldwide Prison Courtroom final month issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Moscow’s commissioner for kids’s rights, for the “warfare crime” of “illegal deportation and … switch” of kids to Russia from areas in Ukraine occupied by its troops.

Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador stated Wednesday on Twitter that “Russian authorities have interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported over 19,500 Ukrainian youngsters from their houses inside Ukraine to Russia.”

Moscow has stated the kids have been eliminated for their very own security and that it’s working to return those that have households or official guardians in Ukraine. Lvova-Belova, who addressed the assembly by video, denied that any youngsters have been formally adopted.

America, Britain and a number of other different international locations despatched solely junior representatives to the assembly, who stood up and left the room when Lvova-Belova was talking. Earlier than the session started, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield instructed reporters outdoors the council chamber that “we don’t assist [U.N. webcasts] being utilized by a person to transient that we all know has dedicated warfare crimes.”

“If she desires to provide an account of her actions, she will be able to accomplish that in The Hague,” the location of the ICC, a spokesperson from the British mission stated in a press release.

ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine

The assembly was the most recent conflict on Ukraine on the United Nations, which has change into the precept venue for face-to-face diplomatic confrontations between Russia and the West. It was held beneath the so-called “Arria formula,” which permits any member to name an off-the-cuff assembly and to determine on who will transient it.

On Monday, Thomas-Greenfield stated that Russia’s assumption on April 1 of the council presidency, which rotates month-to-month in alphabetical order amongst its 15 members, was “like an April Idiot’s joke.” Russia final held the seat in February of final yr, the month when it started its invasion of Ukraine.

“We anticipate that they are going to behave professionally,” she stated. “However we additionally anticipate that they are going to use their seat to unfold disinformation and to advertise their very own agenda because it pertains to Ukraine, and we’ll stand able to name them out at each single second that they try to try this.”

Russia has scheduled a number of different council classes on Ukraine, together with one on April 24 that might be chaired by International Minister Sergei Lavrov — who additionally plans to chair a second assembly on the Center East the next day.

In a Monday information convention saying its plans for the month, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stated Lavrov was open to assembly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken whereas he’s in the US, if “the secretary wish to have a gathering.” A State Division spokesman didn’t reply to questions on Blinken’s willingness to satisfy. The 2 spoke by phone final weekend over U.S. calls for that Russia launch Wall Road Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested final week on costs of espionage.

Wall Street Journal reporter ‘wrongfully detained’ by Russia, Blinken says

Each the US and Russia have used the Safety Council’s casual assembly format over the previous yr to voice their positions on Ukraine, however all U.N. members should approve airing the classes on the dwell U.N. webcast. Britain first objected and the US joined its effort.

Russia didn’t launch the names of its invited briefers till Tuesday night. In a be aware emailed to council members, it stated that the assembly “is aimed toward offering the individuals with goal info on the scenario of kids in battle zone in Donbass in addition to on the measures taken by the Russian authorities to evacuate the kids from hazard.”

“Western mainstream media and a few of the delegations,” it stated, intentionally misrepresented the scenario as “abduction, pressured displacement [and] adoption.” As a substitute, the briefings would supply a chance to listen to “first hand” from Lvova-Belova and a few of the youngsters themselves.

Nebenzia started the session, which Russia aired on its YouTube channel, with movies depicting girls who stated they have been Ukrainian moms who had misplaced custody of their youngsters after they have been evacuated to what the ambassador known as “European slavery” by Kyiv through the warfare — particularly, to Germany, Spain and Portugal. It was, he stated, a “widespread observe” by Ukrainian forces to take away youngsters in fight areas whose households have been “ready for Russian troopers to liberate them.”

America has “cynically accused us of the kidnapping of kids,” Nebenzia stated, charging with out elaboration that the US had used “racist strategies” to take away over 2,500 youngsters from Vietnam in 1975, allowed them to be adopted and subsequently refused to relinquish them “when their Vietnamese dad and mom confirmed up.”

In her presentation, Lvova-Belova confirmed ready movies of what she stated have been Ukrainian youngsters in Russia — smiling, doing arts and crafts, enjoying on swings and fortunately hugging their Russian caretakers.

“I hope that this can assist us perceive the true details relatively than rumors or unfounded accusations,” she stated.

She added that Russia had “taken in” greater than 5 million individuals from Ukraine and Donbas areas of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been illegally annexed by Russia final yr, 700,000 of them youngsters. “All got here with dad and mom or guardians,” together with 2,000 who got here with their “custodians” from orphanages or youngsters’s houses. The choices to evacuate them, she stated, have been “taken by the [local] authorities as a result of there aren’t any secure areas inside the Donbas.”

To this point, Lvova-Belova stated, “about 1,300 have been returned to their orphanages,” whereas 400 have been despatched to Russian orphanages as a result of the areas that they had come from have been being “continuously shelled,” and 358 have been “positioned with foster houses.”

Prices that Russia was taking youngsters from Ukraine to Russia — unlawful beneath worldwide legislation, no matter motive — started shortly after the Russian invasion in February final yr. In its assertion on the warfare crimes costs, the ICC stated that “there are affordable grounds to consider” that each Putin and Lvova-Belova bear “particular person prison accountability” for illegally deporting and transferring youngsters.

Russia has stated it doesn’t acknowledge the authority of the ICC, of which neither it nor the US is a member. However the arrest warrants are legitimate within the 123 international locations which can be events to the Rome Treaty beneath which it was established.

Studies that a number of thousand youngsters have been taken from the besieged metropolis of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine final yr have been unfaithful, she stated. “They weren’t evacuated, however have been first transferred to a hospital” in Donetsk in Donbas. Later, a bunch of 31 have been despatched to “a sanatorium for kids in Moscow.” One other 22, she stated, have been transferred to “non permanent custodianship.”

Lvova-Belova stated that whereas some Ukrainian youngsters have been given Russian citizenship, it was solely to facilitate the receipt of providers. All, she stated, had additionally retained their Ukrainian citizenship and will determine at age 18 which nationality they needed.

In response to the Russian presentation, the French consultant on the assembly known as it a “cynical train of disinformation,” saying that “a lie repeated a thousand instances stays a lie. … Madame Lvova-Belova has given a completely false model of the scenario. … These are warfare crimes.”

One yr of Russia’s warfare in Ukraine

Portraits of Ukraine: Each Ukrainian’s life has modified since Russia launched its full-scale invasion one yr in the past — in methods each massive and small. They’ve discovered to outlive and assist one another under extreme circumstances, in bomb shelters and hospitals, destroyed residence complexes and ruined marketplaces. Scroll through portraits of Ukrainians reflecting on a year of loss, resilience and fear.

Battle of attrition: Over the previous yr, the warfare has morphed from a multi-front invasion that included Kyiv within the north to a battle of attrition largely concentrated alongside an expanse of territory within the east and south. Follow the 600-mile front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces and take a look at where the fighting has been concentrated.

A yr of residing aside: Russia’s invasion, coupled with Ukraine’s martial legislation stopping fighting-age males from leaving the nation, has pressured agonizing choices for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian households about how to balance safety, duty and love, with once-intertwined lives having change into unrecognizable. Right here’s what a train station full of goodbyes seemed like final yr.

Deepening international divides: President Biden has trumpeted the reinvigorated Western alliance cast through the warfare as a “international coalition,” however a better look suggests the world is far from united on issues raised by the Ukraine war. Proof abounds that the trouble to isolate Putin has failed and that sanctions haven’t stopped Russia, due to its oil and gasoline exports.

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Britain and the US charged Wednesday that Russia is utilizing its place as present president of the U.N. Safety Council to unfold disinformation and propaganda, and blocked the U.N. webcast of a Safety Council assembly Moscow known as to defend its elimination of kids from Ukraine.

The Worldwide Prison Courtroom final month issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Moscow’s commissioner for kids’s rights, for the “warfare crime” of “illegal deportation and … switch” of kids to Russia from areas in Ukraine occupied by its troops.

Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador stated Wednesday on Twitter that “Russian authorities have interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported over 19,500 Ukrainian youngsters from their houses inside Ukraine to Russia.”

Moscow has stated the kids have been eliminated for their very own security and that it’s working to return those that have households or official guardians in Ukraine. Lvova-Belova, who addressed the assembly by video, denied that any youngsters have been formally adopted.

America, Britain and a number of other different international locations despatched solely junior representatives to the assembly, who stood up and left the room when Lvova-Belova was talking. Earlier than the session started, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield instructed reporters outdoors the council chamber that “we don’t assist [U.N. webcasts] being utilized by a person to transient that we all know has dedicated warfare crimes.”

“If she desires to provide an account of her actions, she will be able to accomplish that in The Hague,” the location of the ICC, a spokesperson from the British mission stated in a press release.

ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine

The assembly was the most recent conflict on Ukraine on the United Nations, which has change into the precept venue for face-to-face diplomatic confrontations between Russia and the West. It was held beneath the so-called “Arria formula,” which permits any member to name an off-the-cuff assembly and to determine on who will transient it.

On Monday, Thomas-Greenfield stated that Russia’s assumption on April 1 of the council presidency, which rotates month-to-month in alphabetical order amongst its 15 members, was “like an April Idiot’s joke.” Russia final held the seat in February of final yr, the month when it started its invasion of Ukraine.

“We anticipate that they are going to behave professionally,” she stated. “However we additionally anticipate that they are going to use their seat to unfold disinformation and to advertise their very own agenda because it pertains to Ukraine, and we’ll stand able to name them out at each single second that they try to try this.”

Russia has scheduled a number of different council classes on Ukraine, together with one on April 24 that might be chaired by International Minister Sergei Lavrov — who additionally plans to chair a second assembly on the Center East the next day.

In a Monday information convention saying its plans for the month, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stated Lavrov was open to assembly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken whereas he’s in the US, if “the secretary wish to have a gathering.” A State Division spokesman didn’t reply to questions on Blinken’s willingness to satisfy. The 2 spoke by phone final weekend over U.S. calls for that Russia launch Wall Road Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested final week on costs of espionage.

Wall Street Journal reporter ‘wrongfully detained’ by Russia, Blinken says

Each the US and Russia have used the Safety Council’s casual assembly format over the previous yr to voice their positions on Ukraine, however all U.N. members should approve airing the classes on the dwell U.N. webcast. Britain first objected and the US joined its effort.

Russia didn’t launch the names of its invited briefers till Tuesday night. In a be aware emailed to council members, it stated that the assembly “is aimed toward offering the individuals with goal info on the scenario of kids in battle zone in Donbass in addition to on the measures taken by the Russian authorities to evacuate the kids from hazard.”

“Western mainstream media and a few of the delegations,” it stated, intentionally misrepresented the scenario as “abduction, pressured displacement [and] adoption.” As a substitute, the briefings would supply a chance to listen to “first hand” from Lvova-Belova and a few of the youngsters themselves.

Nebenzia started the session, which Russia aired on its YouTube channel, with movies depicting girls who stated they have been Ukrainian moms who had misplaced custody of their youngsters after they have been evacuated to what the ambassador known as “European slavery” by Kyiv through the warfare — particularly, to Germany, Spain and Portugal. It was, he stated, a “widespread observe” by Ukrainian forces to take away youngsters in fight areas whose households have been “ready for Russian troopers to liberate them.”

America has “cynically accused us of the kidnapping of kids,” Nebenzia stated, charging with out elaboration that the US had used “racist strategies” to take away over 2,500 youngsters from Vietnam in 1975, allowed them to be adopted and subsequently refused to relinquish them “when their Vietnamese dad and mom confirmed up.”

In her presentation, Lvova-Belova confirmed ready movies of what she stated have been Ukrainian youngsters in Russia — smiling, doing arts and crafts, enjoying on swings and fortunately hugging their Russian caretakers.

“I hope that this can assist us perceive the true details relatively than rumors or unfounded accusations,” she stated.

She added that Russia had “taken in” greater than 5 million individuals from Ukraine and Donbas areas of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been illegally annexed by Russia final yr, 700,000 of them youngsters. “All got here with dad and mom or guardians,” together with 2,000 who got here with their “custodians” from orphanages or youngsters’s houses. The choices to evacuate them, she stated, have been “taken by the [local] authorities as a result of there aren’t any secure areas inside the Donbas.”

To this point, Lvova-Belova stated, “about 1,300 have been returned to their orphanages,” whereas 400 have been despatched to Russian orphanages as a result of the areas that they had come from have been being “continuously shelled,” and 358 have been “positioned with foster houses.”

Prices that Russia was taking youngsters from Ukraine to Russia — unlawful beneath worldwide legislation, no matter motive — started shortly after the Russian invasion in February final yr. In its assertion on the warfare crimes costs, the ICC stated that “there are affordable grounds to consider” that each Putin and Lvova-Belova bear “particular person prison accountability” for illegally deporting and transferring youngsters.

Russia has stated it doesn’t acknowledge the authority of the ICC, of which neither it nor the US is a member. However the arrest warrants are legitimate within the 123 international locations which can be events to the Rome Treaty beneath which it was established.

Studies that a number of thousand youngsters have been taken from the besieged metropolis of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine final yr have been unfaithful, she stated. “They weren’t evacuated, however have been first transferred to a hospital” in Donetsk in Donbas. Later, a bunch of 31 have been despatched to “a sanatorium for kids in Moscow.” One other 22, she stated, have been transferred to “non permanent custodianship.”

Lvova-Belova stated that whereas some Ukrainian youngsters have been given Russian citizenship, it was solely to facilitate the receipt of providers. All, she stated, had additionally retained their Ukrainian citizenship and will determine at age 18 which nationality they needed.

In response to the Russian presentation, the French consultant on the assembly known as it a “cynical train of disinformation,” saying that “a lie repeated a thousand instances stays a lie. … Madame Lvova-Belova has given a completely false model of the scenario. … These are warfare crimes.”

One yr of Russia’s warfare in Ukraine

Portraits of Ukraine: Each Ukrainian’s life has modified since Russia launched its full-scale invasion one yr in the past — in methods each massive and small. They’ve discovered to outlive and assist one another under extreme circumstances, in bomb shelters and hospitals, destroyed residence complexes and ruined marketplaces. Scroll through portraits of Ukrainians reflecting on a year of loss, resilience and fear.

Battle of attrition: Over the previous yr, the warfare has morphed from a multi-front invasion that included Kyiv within the north to a battle of attrition largely concentrated alongside an expanse of territory within the east and south. Follow the 600-mile front line between Ukrainian and Russian forces and take a look at where the fighting has been concentrated.

A yr of residing aside: Russia’s invasion, coupled with Ukraine’s martial legislation stopping fighting-age males from leaving the nation, has pressured agonizing choices for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian households about how to balance safety, duty and love, with once-intertwined lives having change into unrecognizable. Right here’s what a train station full of goodbyes seemed like final yr.

Deepening international divides: President Biden has trumpeted the reinvigorated Western alliance cast through the warfare as a “international coalition,” however a better look suggests the world is far from united on issues raised by the Ukraine war. Proof abounds that the trouble to isolate Putin has failed and that sanctions haven’t stopped Russia, due to its oil and gasoline exports.

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