Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged leaders from around the world who were gathered at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to unite in the face of Russia’s invasion. He emphasized the need to push back against Moscow in order to address urgent global issues.
Mr. Zelensky drew applause as he took his place at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly lectern in New York for his first in-person appearance at the annual UNGA since Russia invaded his country in 2022.
The speaker stated that Ukraine is taking all necessary actions to prevent any future attacks on nations after experiencing aggression from Russia. They emphasized the importance of limiting weaponization, holding war criminals accountable, repatriating displaced individuals, and having the occupier withdraw from occupied territories.
“We must come together in unity to achieve our goal – and we will succeed.”
He alleged that Russia is using its influence in the global food market to gain recognition for its control of land taken from Kyiv.
As Mr. Zelensky appeals for support from the Global South in his dispute with Russia, he addressed the growing issue of climate change and its impact on natural disasters. He specifically mentioned the earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya as recent examples.
“We need to put an end to this. It is imperative that we come together to overcome the attacker and direct all of our resources and efforts towards tackling these obstacles,” he stated to the General Assembly.
Earlier today, Ukrainian authorities reported that nine individuals lost their lives in Russian assaults, including a drone attack that caused a fire in industrial warehouses.
Mr. Zelensky alleged that Russia had abducted children from Ukraine.
In March, the International Criminal Court released a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin for allegedly deporting children from Ukraine without legal authority. The Kremlin denies these allegations and refutes the court’s jurisdiction.
According to Mr. Zelensky, the children in Russia are being trained to despise Ukraine and their relationships with their families are severed. This is considered a form of genocide, as hatred is being used as a weapon against a specific nation.
In the previous year, Mr. Zelensky unveiled a 10-point proposal which encompassed goals such as reclaiming Ukraine’s territorial unity, removing Russian military forces and ending conflict, and reestablishing Ukraine’s national boundaries.
“He announced his current efforts towards organizing a peace conference using the following words: ‘Tomorrow, I will share the specifics during a special session of the United Nations Security Council.'” – Reuters