“There are traces of Russian struggle criminals in every single place and we should all get united and act decisively as quickly as doable so there aren’t any extra traces of Russian missiles, and no extra cities burned by Russian navy — in order that there could be no menace of the radiation disaster ever, ever once more,” he mentioned.
Zelenskyy addressed the U.N.’s strongest physique not solely on the anniversary of the invasion however on Ukraine’s independence day, stressing the essential hyperlink between what occurs within the struggle to the longer term safety and geopolitical structure of the world.
As his nation celebrates its 1991 independence from the previous Soviet Union, “everybody can see how a lot the world relies on our independence,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
He harassed the sovereignty and territorial of all international locations and demanded that Russia withdraw from all Ukrainian territory it has captured and finish its territorial ambitions.
Zelenskyy claimed Russia “rewards murderers and encourages executioners” and instructed council members that his authorities will introduce a U.N. Basic Meeting decision to carry Russia accountable for the crime of aggression in opposition to Ukraine.
U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres has referred to as for a “Summit of the Future” subsequent yr and Zelenskyy mentioned it will be symbolic to carry it in Ukraine, as a result of “it’s on the territory of Ukraine that the world’s future is set, whether or not we could have a future in any respect.”
Zelenskyy spoke by video over objections from Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, who mentioned council guidelines require leaders to be current within the council chamber at U.N. headquarters in New York to ship a speech. He mentioned the Ukrainian chief already had been allowed to offer video addresses on two earlier events due to particular circumstances and shouldn’t be allowed a 3rd time.
The overwhelming majority of the 15-member council disagreed — 13 international locations voted in favor of one other video speech by Zelenskyy, Russia voted in opposition to it and China abstained.
Guterres referred to as the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion “a tragic and tragic milestone,” ad infinitum to the struggle.
He pointed to hundreds of civilian casualties, grave violations of worldwide human rights and humanitarian legislation, tens of millions of Ukrainians who’ve misplaced their houses and are displaced or refugees, and quickly rising humanitarian wants as winter approaches.
“The implications of this mindless struggle are being felt far past Ukraine,” Guterres mentioned. “We’re seeing new vulnerabilities emerge in a world atmosphere already worn out by conflicts, inequality, pandemic-induced financial and well being crises, and local weather change — with a disproportionate affect on growing international locations.”
Guterres warned that the acceleration of already excessive meals, fertilizer and vitality costs “has triggered a world disaster that might drive tens of millions extra into excessive poverty.”
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed Zelenskyy, saying the USA stands with Ukraine “immediately and every single day, and each Russian bomb that falls solely strengthens our resolve to help your sovereignty and your independence.”
Six months after the invasion, she mentioned, “Russia’s aim is as clear as ever: to dismantle Ukraine as a geopolitical entity and erase it from the world map.”
Nebenzia once more blamed “the Kyiv regime” that got here to energy in 2014 — the yr Russia invaded and annexed Crimea — for what many council members referred to as “the catastrophic penalties” of six months of hostilities.
To Western nations claiming Russia is threatening Ukrainian independence, Nebenzia mentioned, “the one menace to the independence of Ukraine is the present authorities of Kyiv,” which he claimed makes no main resolution with out consulting Western advisers.
He additionally accused Ukraine’s authorities of suppressing the opposition, persecuting individuals for studying Russian language information, and imprisoning them for accepting humanitarian assist from Russia.
After the assembly, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya learn a press release on behalf of 55 international locations and the European Union denouncing Russia for its “unprovoked full-scale and unlawful invasion” and deploring its failure to adjust to U.N. Basic Meeting resolutions calling for a right away halt to its use of pressure in opposition to Ukraine.
With diplomats from lots of the international locations standing alongside, the assertion learn by Kyslytsa reaffirmed their solidarity with Ukraine, condemned Russian missile strikes which have killed civilians and destroyed civilian buildings, and reiterated their demand for a right away cease-fire and withdrawal of Russian forces.
Nebenzia was requested by a reporter if the media could be again for a one-year anniversary.
“I’m no fortuneteller,” he replied.