U.S. accuses Russia of major violations of UN Charter

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power called Russia's aggressive actions towards Ukraine "a flagrant violation of the UN Charter."

She said this on Monday during a debate in the UN Security Council, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"Russia is training, arming and waging war together with separatists, who rudely seized control of part of Ukraine's territory. This is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, a violation of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the neighboring country," Power said.

She stressed that according to the official data more than 5,700 people have been killed during this conflict and about 1.7 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes.

In this regard, Power called on the UN "to put an effective pressure" against the states that violate the principles of the United Nations.

The U.S. diplomat also drew attention to recent developments in the area of Debaltseve. "Old people and children could not get out of Debaltseve when separatists, armed, trained and blessed by Russia, shelled the city with rockets and artillery, even after it was decided to cease fire."

Power stressed if the UN ignores such violations, it will not be able to "fulfill the vision, which was included in the Charter, in the purposes and principles of this document."

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