Moscow’s request for a U.N. Security Council meeting is to discuss Kyiv’s attempts to disrupt peace talks and escalate violence with a “provocation” in Bucha, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Iran PressEurope: The Russia-Ukraine war, which started on Feb. 24, has drawn international outrage, with the EU, US, and Britain, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.

At least 1,417 civilians have been killed in Ukraine and 2,038 injured, according to UN estimates, with the true figure feared to be far higher.

More than 4.17 million Ukrainians have fled to other countries, with millions more internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.

“Russian Federation requested a meeting of the U.N. Security Council in connection with the provocation of the Ukrainian military and radicals in the city of Bucha,”  Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.

In response ti Ukrainian authorities' cliams, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a meeting with UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said that the footage of slain civilians was staged.

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Moreover,The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that the footage of dead civilians left behind after the Russian pullout from the Ukrainian city of Bucha constitutes a “fake news attack.

"Of course, today the international community is focused on the situation in and around Ukraine. We have been in contact with your office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs for a long time and we see how this interaction helps solve humanitarian problems faced by people in eastern Ukraine, first of all, but also in other parts of it," Lavrov told Griffiths.

"The chair country of the Security Council this month – the United Kingdom – has not yet been able to confirm to us yesterday the possibility of holding such a meeting, but we will require the chair country to perform its functions," he vowed.

Moscow views the situation in Bucha as a provocation, threatening international peace and security, and will demand that the UK, which chairs the UN Security Council, hold an urgent meeting on the issue, Lavrov said.


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