The military intervention launched by Russia on Ukraine on February 24 continues. After Putin’s announcement of partial military mobilization yesterday, a remarkable statement came from the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelenskiy. Addressing the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) via video message, Zelenskiy said:Our state demands fair punishment for the crimes committed by Russia. Russia should be stripped of its veto power in the UN. said.
“RUSSIA SHOULD BE TRIED BY INTERNATIONAL COURTS”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) held in New York, USA, via video message. Talking about the mass grave found in Izyum city of Ukraine, Zelenskiy stated that Russia should be tried in international courts and said, “Russia committed crimes against Ukraine, our people. Therefore, our state demands that Russia’s crimes be punished fairly. “Russia’s veto right in the UN should be taken away,” he said.
PUTIN’S DECLARATION OF MOBILIZATION
Referring to the partial mobilization announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zelenskiy said that while the whole world wants peace, Putin does not, adding: “Ukraine wants peace, Europe wants peace, the world wants peace. Only Vladimir Putin wants war.”
In his speech, Zelenskiy called on western countries to increase the sanctions against Russia and said, “The way to ensure peace in Ukraine is the sanctions applied against the aggressor.”
“WE DID NOT PROVIDE THIS WAR”
Describing Russia as a “terrorist state” and arguing that a special court should be established against crimes committed in his country, Zelenskiy said that they made great efforts in negotiations not to fight with Russia, and said, “We were not the ones who provoked this war. 88 meetings were held to avoid war. Instead of stopping this crime of aggression, Russia turned it into a major invasion,” he said. Zelensky received a standing ovation at the General Assembly after his address.
5 ARTICLES FOR PEACE
Explaining 5 items for peace with Russia, Zelenskiy said, “The five items of our formula are punishment of aggression, protection of life, restoration of security and territorial integrity, guarantees of security and determination to defend ourselves. This is the formula of crime and punishment, which is already well known to Russia.”
“The only thing missing from this formula is neutrality,” Zelenskiy said.
HE TRIED TO SPEAK
Last Friday, Zelenskiy’s address to the UN General Assembly via video message was voted on because the UN General Assembly required all leaders to speak in person, and Zelenskiy’s address was approved by 7 votes to 101. While Russia, Syria, North Korea, Belarus, Cuba, Eritrea and Nicaragua voted to block Zelenskiy’s speech, 19 countries, including China, abstained.