Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, After a UN Security Council Vote on a Resolution on Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014

US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power’s watershed speech on UN Security Council Resolution on Ukraine vote (full text)

Voices of Ukraine

This speech, by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, is a “watershed” moment between the world after Helsinki in 1975 and the world post-2014. Therefore, we believe it should be noted on our blog:

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York, NY
March 15, 2014


Madame President,

The United States deeply appreciates the support from our colleagues around this table and from the many states who have called for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine.

This is, however, a sad and remarkable moment.

This is the seventh time that the UN Security Council has convened to discuss the urgent crisis in Ukraine. The Security Council is meeting on Ukraine because it is the job of this body to stand up for peace and to defend those in danger.

We have heard a lot each time the Security Council has met…

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The power is too heavy to hold it alone

ImageThe more power is seized the more tragic end of it. But an usurper as every criminal always hopes that this time everything will turn out successful, because he managed to seize all the three branches of the power, purchase unprincipled journalists and get rid of principled ones. But why does the scheme permanently not go off?

“Die Welt” journalist Jacques Schuster in his article “Geared up for revolution have too naive views on the Europe” (Die Revolutionsstimmung sieht Europa zu blauäugig) vividly pictures how the Ukrainian power looks today. “His (Viktor Yanukovych’s) government consisits of handful of moral cretins and smiling slaves headed by the master with imperturbable face as if he was a professional poker player”, –  Jacques Schuster writes. (Seine Regierung setzt sich aus einem Haufen moralischer Kretins und lächelnder Sklaven zusammen, an deren Spitze ein pokergesichtiger Machthaber steht.) Continue reading