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Ukraine seeks disarmament meeting on Russia’s invasion, weapons of mass destruction

Randy Mancini 3 Mar 1
A serviceman of pro-Russian militia walks next to a military convoy in the Luhansk region
FILE PHOTO: A serviceman of pro-Russian militia walks nest to a military convoy of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) on a road in the Luhansk region, Ukraine February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

March 1, 2022

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ukraine’s foreign minister told a disarmament conference on Tuesday that Russia had committed war crimes through its “indiscriminate shelling” of cities like Kharkiv and called for a special meeting that would address Russian aggression and weapons of mass destruction.

“Nothing can justify missile shelling of residential buildings, kindergartens, orphanages, hospitals and emergency vehicles, passengers buses and millions of refugees fleeing Russian fire,” Dmytro Kuleba told the Geneva-based forum in a video address.

The country’s ambassador told the same forum that Kyiv had requested a special meeting on the “global threat to global peace and security stemming from Russian aggression against Ukraine, including its WMD aspect”.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy its southern neighbour’s military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.

(This story corrects spelling of Kyiv in paragraph 3)

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Edmund Blair)