Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia’s term as president of the United Nations Security Council ends at midnight ET Monday and he concluded his presidency by calling into question the veracity of statements about Ukraine made by his colleagues.
“I would like to say … I was surprised, because just the reports and videos and information in Ukraine — some of them are taken as fact. And others … fully-reliable, unquestionably reliable — are being considered inaccurate, unreliable,” Nebenzia said in translated remarks.
Nebenzia has maintained multiple times on the Security Council floor that Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has not targeted civilian infrastructure and there is no evidence of civilian deaths caused by the Russia military.
He repeated these claims on Monday, stating the “tide of dirty lies replicated in Western mass media unfortunately have become a dangerous mark of our time.”
Fact check: A senior US defense official told reporters that Russian forces are “causing civilian harm and they are striking civilian targets." And social media videos, photos and satellite images analyzed and geolocated by CNN confirm that on several occasions densely populated areas have been hit by Russian forces.
In his final public remarks to the Security Council on Monday, Nebenzia also called February a “busy month” during which not every issue achieved consensus.
"Abomination": Ukrainian UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said in his remarks Monday that he welcomed the end of Nebenzia’s term.
“I’m looking forward to midnight, even though midnight is the most dangerous time right now because that’s when most of the attacks take place. But I’m looking forward to midnight, when this abomination, occupation of the seat of the president of the council will be over,” Kyslytsya said.
The presidency of the council rotates between members every month. United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the UN Lana Zaki Nusseibeh will begin her presidency on Tuesday for March.