General Assembly members observe a moment of silence for Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, during an informal briefing of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Russia's ambassador to the United Nations who died suddenly after falling ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission is being remembered by his diplomatic colleagues as a powerful and passionate voice for his nation.Vitaly Churkin was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday, according to Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov. Churkin had been Russia's envoy at the United Nations since 2006 . He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body.Those differences were evident when Power and Churkin spoke at the Security Council last month, when she lashed out at Russia for annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and for carrying out "a merciless military assault" in Syria.Churkin died weeks into some major adjustments for Russia, the U.N. and the international community, with a new secretary-general at the world body and a new administration in Washington.
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