Russia has veto power in the United Nations Security Council — severely limiting the chance that the international body will intervene to stop Russia's mobilization of troops in Crimea. Nonetheless, the 15-member Security Council has met several times since Ukraine's anti-government protests began three months ago. On March 3 they met, at Russia's behest, to again spar in preprepared statements over Ukraine's political future and international law. ICYMI, here's a roundup of the seven most memorable moments.
1. When Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin held up a letter he said Ukraine's ousted president wrote, in which the embattled Ukrainian leader asked Russia to send its military to restore law and order in Ukraine.
2. When U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power called out Russia: “What is happening today is not a human rights protection mission and it is not a consensual intervention. What is happening today is a dangerous military intervention in Ukraine.”
3. When the British ambassador to the U.N. and his hipster glasses also called Russia out for distorting reality: "It is clear that these claims [of terrorism toward ethnic Russians in Ukraine] have simply been fabricated to justify Russian military action."
4. When French Ambassador Gerard Araud got personal about his childhood: "We are hearing the voice of the past. I was 15 years old when Soviet forces entered Czechoslovakia. It was the same justification."
5. When Chile's Ambassador to the U.N. Octavio Errazuriz was the cutest Security Council member in the room.
6. When Ukraine upped its game in response to Russia's claim that it must intervene to protect Russian speakers from violence: "I'm also a Russian-speaking person and I don't need your protection," Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.N. Yuriy Sergeyev said.
7. And when Russia sat there and pretended that everyone was not chuckling at Ukraine's joke.
Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor
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