A U.N. Security Council meeting on Ukraine was delayed for nearly an hour and a half because Russia objected to discussing the human rights situation in the country’s separatist-controlled east and Crimea.
Once Friday’s meeting began, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told council members that human rights discussions should take place in the U.N.’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council. He said raising human rights was “an attempt to distract attention” from implementing the Minsk agreement that was intended to end the fighting.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, the current council president, asked what Russia “seeks to hide.”
It was the U.S. that invited a senior U.N. human rights official to brief the council on Ukraine. Ivan Simonovic says more than 9,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in April 2014.