Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassador

Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassadorRussia and Ukraine clashed on Tuesday over a UN Security Council tribute to long-serving Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin whose death has triggered an outpouring of grief at the world body. Council ambassadors observed a minute of silence in honor of Churkin and took turns addressing the chamber in the tribute to the 64-year-old diplomat who was Russia’s envoy at the United Nations for a decade. Ukraine’s Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, who holds this month’s council presidency, offered condolences before leading the council in a moment of silence, but his remarks were brief.



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