(Kyiv) Kyiv on Tuesday denounced the “hypocrisy” of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who the day before chaired a Security Council in New York on the “defense of the principles” of the UN Charter.

“A complete hypocritical circus.” Lavrov chairs the UN Security Council justifying war, massacres, total destruction…”, lambasted Mykhaïlo Podoliak, adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, on Twitter.

“Russia clearly humiliates democracy, freedom, convention,” he said.

The authenticity of Mr. Podoliak’s tweet was confirmed to AFP by a source within the Ukrainian presidency.

The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, has been in New York since Monday, while Russia holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council until the end of April.

On Monday, the Russian minister claimed that the United Nations system is “in deep crisis”, accusing the West, and in particular the United States, of being responsible for it.

Tuesday, he must chair a session of debates on the situation in the Middle East and give a press conference, after more than a year of invasion in Ukraine.