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Russia serves Chicken Kyiv at UN lunch after missile strike on Ukrainian children’s hospital

The dish echoes the 1991 “Chicken Kiev” speech by President Bush, warning against ‘suicidal nationalism’ shortly before Ukraine’s independence.
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The UN Security Council open debate, a screenshot from a video/ Source: YouTube
Russia serves Chicken Kyiv at UN lunch after missile strike on Ukrainian children’s hospital

Following a UN Security Council meeting on Russia’s missile strike on a Ukrainian children’s hospital, Moscow hosted a lunch marking its Council presidency. The menu’s centerpiece – Chicken Kyiv – ignited controversy, as reported by Ukrinform.

Ukrinform also published a photo of the menu. 

Chicken Kyiv on the menu at Russia’s UN luncheon. Photo: Ukrinform

Chicken Kyiv, a Ukrainian culinary staple, consists of chicken fillet pounded and rolled around cold butter, then breaded and fried or baked.

Chicken Kyiv. Photo: Depositphotos

It also shares its name with the infamous 1991 “Chicken Kiev” speech by the US President George H. W. Bush, which cautioned against “suicidal nationalism” just weeks before Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union.

US President George H. W. Bush delivers speech at the Ukrainian parliament, 1 August, 1991. Photo: Novynarnia

Ukraine’s UN envoy, Serhiy Kyslytsya, condemned the menu choice. 

“The moral degradation of Russian diplomacy is evident,” he said.

He questioned how diplomats could engage with Russia’s representative over a meal “paid for with blood money.”

Ukraine convened an urgent UN Security Council session on 9 July following a Russian missile attack on Kyiv’s Okhmatdyt children’s hospital. The strike killed two adults – a doctor and a visitor – and injured 10 children.

This attack was part of a larger Russian assault on Ukrainian cities on 8 July, resulting in 44 deaths, with 33 in Kyiv alone.

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