Poroshenko UN speech: Ukraine leader rails against Russia at UN - AFP

10:06 Sep. 22, 2016

Ukraine leader rails against Russia at UN - AFP

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses UN General Assembly (UNIAN photo)

Poroshenko: Moscow is directly involved in financing, sponsoring and coordinating "terrorist groups" in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko railed against Russia at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, urging Moscow to give peace a chance in a more than two-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"Never since the end of the Cold War have international norms and principles been unilaterally defied on such a scale and with such brutality," he told the Assembly with rhetorical flourish.

The pro-Western leader called global instability "the biggest threat facing humanity," repeatedly taking aim at Moscow with a war between pro-Russian rebels and Kiev now in its third year.

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Russia is directly involved in financing, sponsoring and coordinating "terrorist groups" in Ukraine and "armed to the teeth" around 38,000 troops operating in the east, Poroshenko said.

"Russia keeps sending weapons, ammunition and manpower to Ukraine," he said. "On a daily basis."

"Even hypocrite Soviet leaders could hardly compete with the outright lies and manipulations deployed by the Kremlin," he added, calling on Russia to "give the comprehensive settlement a chance."

"Ukraine has done a lot and will continue doing its part. Now it is time for Russia and its proxies... to start implementing their part," Poroshenko said.

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