The United States will step up criticism of Russia at the United Nations Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: The United States and its allies plan to increase criticism of Russia for its war in Ukraine on Thursday and to pressure other countries to join in their strong condemnations of the conflict.
The day after President Joe Biden assaulted Russian leader Vladimir Putin for what he called grave violations of the UN Charter and international law, the United States will present the case to the United Nations. Security Council that Russia would face further censorship and isolation for its invasion, senior US officials said.
Officials said Secretary of State Antony rapid he will confront his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at a council meeting with a litany of allegations of war crimes and other atrocities and will appeal to countries that have yet to speak out against them as an affront to international order. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to preview what they expect will be a 15-minute presentation of Blinken.
An official said Blinken will expose what the Biden administration believes to be a compelling case that the war has not only caused massive destruction to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, but has exacerbated many other global crises, including potential famines and shortages of power. energy, as well as distracted by efforts to improve international health, combat climate change and reduce poverty.
The official said Blinken would point to recent developments, including Russian mobilization of new troops, threats to the use of nuclear weapons and new efforts to annex parts of Ukraine. Blinken will also say that the Security Council has a “special responsibility” and an obligation to denounce actions that threaten its credibility and relevance as the most powerful body in the United Nations, the official said.
Despite the campaign, however, the official said Blinken was under no illusion that the council would act against Russia, given its veto power as a permanent member. Instead, the official said the goal is to convince other members to do the global damage the war is causing to Moscow and demand an end.
On Wednesday, the president of Ukraine presented a detailed case against the invasion of Russia at the United Nations and called for the punishment of world leaders in a speech delivered hours after Moscow made an extraordinary announcement that it would mobilize some reservists for the war effort.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised in a video speech to world leaders that his forces would not stop until they reclaimed all of Ukraine.
“We can return the Ukrainian flag to our entire territory. We can do it by force of arms, “Zelenskyy said.” But we need time. ”