Russian ‘peacekeeping’ claim is ‘nonsense’, US envoy tells UN – video

US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told an emergency UN security council meeting that Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russian troops would take on a ‘peacekeeping’ role in the Donetsk and Lugansk areas was ‘nonsense’. The late-night meeting took place after Putin recognised separatist areas of eastern Ukraine as independent. Member states called for diplomacy while Ukrainian representative Sergiy Kyslytsya called for an immediate withdrawal of occupation troops. ‘The United Nations is sick. It has been hit by the virus spread by the Kremlin.’

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