As reported by Censor.NET, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
"Ukraine has vetoed the adoption of the statement by the state presiding in the U.N. Security Council on Vilaly Churkin. That's what the current Ukrainian 'authorities' are: they can do nothing good, only spoil everything to everyone, including themselves," she wrote.
Churkin was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in serious condition and pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. on Feb. 20
He has served as Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations since April 8, 2006.
The deceased Russian diplomat is known by numerous meetings of the U.N. Security Council triggered by Russian aggression in the Donbas, Crimea's occupation and violation of human rights on the peninsula. During these meetings, Churkin was repeatedly charged with false statements and manipulations of facts.
The deaths of Russian diplomats have become frequent recently. Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin died on Jan. 26. Russian diplomat Andrei Malanin was found dead in his apartment in Athens on Jan. 9 as the Russian embassy cited natural causes.
On Dec. 9, a 22-year police officer shot dead Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at the photo exhibition "Russia Through the Eyes of the Turks" in the Turkish capital Ankara.
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