United nations – Speaking in English for the Nation 193Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a pre-recorded message with a standing ovation, with the exception of the Russian delegation and a handful of other nations, in the hall filled with world leaders and his wife, First Lady Olena Zelenska.
Zelensky was unable to travel to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City due to the escalation in. just hours ago, Russian forces attacked Ukraine, and preparations began for a referendum to formalize its occupation of parts of Ukraine. The United States and the European Union regard the referendum as a disgrace.
Earlier this year, the United Nations decided that a leader should be at headquarters to speak this year. But the General Assembly voted 101 to 7 in favor of an exception for Zelensky. Members who voted against his speech were Belarus, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Russia and Syria.
“It was a vote not only on form. It was a vote on principles,” Zelensky said in his speech on Wednesday. “Seven fear the title of the video. Seven respond to principles with a red button. Only seven. One hundred and one – and seven.”
The Ukrainian president went on to explain the atrocities committed against civilians in the country and asked the United Nations to hold Russia accountable for the alleged crimes. He said a family — a father, a mother, a 6-year-old girl, an 8-year-old girl, and their grandparents — were killed in a Russian airstrike, and referred to.
Zelensky said the United Nations should recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.
“After the Russian missile terrorism, after the massacres, after Mariupol,” he said. “After the Russian army burned the Ukrainian prisoners in Olinevka. And after the ports were closed. And after Russian tanks and missiles bombed nuclear power plants. And after threats to use nuclear weapons that became the norm rather than the exception, for Russian propaganda…”
Zelensky outlined a plan that included five “preconditions” for peace with Russia: punishment for aggression. protection of life, restoration of security and territorial integrity; Security guarantees and self-defense determination. He also called on the United Nations to set up a special court “to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against our state.”
“This will become a signal to all ‘potential’ aggressors that they should value peace or be held accountable by the world,” he said.
Quoting the Charter of the United Nations, aZelensky requested more military and financial support.
“We did not provoke this war,” he said. “We held 88 rounds of talks in different formats to prevent this war only from the beginning of my presidency until February 24 this year,” he added.
But, he said, rather than finding a way forward, Russia has launched “large-scale” aggression.
“Russia wants war. This is true. But Russia will not be able to stop the course of history. Humanity and international law are stronger than a single terrorist state,” he said. “Russia will have to end this war. The war you started.”