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 U.S. Representative to the UN: The Mask Is Coming Off. Russia Armed, Equipped, and Now Joined Illegal Separatists. VIDEO

Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order, at every step, Russia has come before this Council to say everything except the truth.

Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said this at a Security Council Session on Ukraine, Censor.NET reports, citing The Washington Post.

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"This is our 24th session to try to rein in Russia's aggressive acts in Ukraine. Every single one of those sessions has sent a straight-forward, unified message: Russia, stop this conflict. Russia is not listening.

Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order, at every step, Russia has come before this Council to say everything except the truth. It has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied. So we have learned to measure Russia by its actions and not by its words.

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On August 26 - just this Tuesday - after meeting with Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus, President Putin spoke of the need to quote "end bloodshed as soon as possible." End quote. Yet the same day, satellite imagery show(s) Russian combat units - combat units - southeast of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. That same day in Luhansk, Ukraine detained regular Russian Army personnel from the 9th brigade.

The day after those talks, Russia fired Grad rockets from inside Russia at Ukrainian positions in Novoazovsk, and then attacked with two columns of Russian armored vehicles and tanks. Russian armored vehicles and Uragan multiple rocket launchers are positioned on the outskirts of that town as we speak.

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The last 48 hours fit into a well-established pattern for Russia. Each step has paved the way for the one that followed. And yet in spite of all of these outrageous actions, Ukraine has repeatedly sought a political solution to this crisis. It has repeatedly sought a path to de-escalation. Despite this pattern, President Poroshenko showed up in Minsk to meet with President Putin. In contrast, President Putin was still unwilling to acknowledge the most basic facts we all know: that Russia has armed, equipped, and now joined illegal separatists fighting in Ukraine. Serious negotiations are needed, urgently needed. But Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict.

The mask is coming off. In these acts - these recent acts - we see Russia's actions for what they are: a deliberate effort to support, and now fight alongside, illegal separatists in another sovereign country.

In the face of these deeply alarming actions, the most important question for us now is not what we should say to Russia. The most important question is what we should do to make Russia listen.

 
 
 
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