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UNITED NATIONS – Ukraine's U.N. ambassador says he is "completely outraged" by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's comments in a speech saying Russia has a critical role to play in ending the conflict in his country.
Volodymyr Yelchenko said he doesn't understand how the U.N. chief "can say such things which sort of praise the role of Russia in settling the conflict in Ukraine when the Russian Federation is the main player in aggressing Ukraine and in keeping this conflict boiling."
He said Ban's prepared comments for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Wednesday show he has lost "any moral right" to say anything about the conflict in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Yelchenko said Ukraine is sending a protest letter to the 193-member General Assembly asking for a correction and explanation.