by Henry Hullah
As the United Nations held an emergency meeting over reports of Russian troops in Ukrainian territory, Christiane Amanpour was joined by the top Ukrainian official in London, Andrii Kuzmenko, for analysis of what this could mean for his nation.
Amanpour asked what the diplomat was hoping for from the U.N meeting in New York.
"Since the sanctions that are already imposed against Russia we do have the terrible aggravation of the situation, it means that those sanctions are weak and insufficient. We are calling for a full stop of cooperation with the aggressor, for further tougher sanctions and further support of Ukraine."
"We are not at this stage asking for military assistance"
After what happened to Georgia in 2008, was he confident that Ukraine could defend itself against a potential Russian attack?
"This is a very new stage of conflict. We will halt the aggressor and I have no doubt we will defeat them but, for that reason we will need assistance from the West since we are fighting not just for territorial integrity of Ukraine."
"We are fighting against the war in Europe that could explode the continent."
'It is inappropriate to tolerate the use of force in the 21st century'
Kuzmenko was unrelenting in a powerful attack on the Russian government's behavior in this conflict. He told the program that he believed Putin's Russia was acting in a manner befitting the "19th century."
"We are witnessing another war crime," he told Amanpour. "Just due to the certain imperial ambitions."
Summing up Russia's actions, the diplomat said, "We should remember the war started with imperial ambitions and will end with shame for the nation."