'No purgatory for war criminals,' says Ukraine's UN ambassador

STORY: Russian forces fired missiles at several Ukrainian cities and landed troops on its south coast on Thursday, officials and media said, after Putin authorized what he called a special military operation in the east. The attack happened as the 15-member United Nations body met in New York to try and defuse weeks of mounting tensions.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia notified the council of Moscow's move during the meeting, justifying it under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers individual or collective self-defense by states against armed attack.

During the meeting, Kyslytsya urged the council to "do everything possible to stop the war".

"There is no purgatory for war criminals. They go straight to hell," Kyslytsya told Nebenzia at the end of the council meeting.