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UN tries again to equate aggressor and victim

4 January, 2024 Thursday
16:45

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk expressed concern about civilian casualties in Ukraine "and Russia" and called for "immediate steps to de-escalate" the war

This remark could be overlooked if it were not so typical of international bureaucracy.

First, it is a forced formality of a reaction that means nothing. One cannot remain silent, and one does not want to say anything substantive.

Second, it is an attempt to equate the aggressor and its victim. Who exactly should ensure de-escalation? Ukraine? Some imaginary "de-escalator"? Or the Russian aggressor, who is fully responsible for the crimes committed?

“And finally, this comment from the beginning of the New Year reminds us of the complete helplessness of international officials who simply do not have the power to stop the cynical and arrogant Russian killer. They are even afraid to name him.”

If Mr. Türk was really concerned about international law, he would have called for Russia to be deprived of the opportunity to illegally participate in the UN, to bring Russian war criminals to justice for their aggression against Ukraine, and to compensate the victim of aggression for all losses.

Mr. Türk could have also said that he was going to Ukraine immediately. If I am not mistaken, it has been more than a year since his last visit to us. It's a long, long way to go to the scene of Russia's crimes, which can be taken care of formally...

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk expressed concern about civilian casualties in Ukraine "and Russia" and called for "immediate steps to de-escalate" the war.

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About the author. Danylo Lubkivskyi, Ukrainian diplomat, international policy expert

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