Zelensky has called on Russia to remove its UN veto power

Zelensky addressed the United Nations on Wednesday, urging world leaders to unite against Russia’s war in Ukraine and to strip Moscow of its veto power at the UN Security Council, among other things.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand punishment,” Zelensky, dressed in the now customary fatigues, said in a pre-recorded message to thunderous applause from delegates scattered throughout the New York hall.

Russia’s invasion of a member state had upended the world order, he said, echoing assessments made by several world leaders on the same stage earlier that day, including US President Joe Biden.

“As long as the aggressor is a decision-making party in the international organization, you must be isolated from them, at least until the attack stops,” he added.

“Reject the right to vote. Remove the rights of representation. Remove the right to veto, if he is a member of the UN Security Council.”

“Russia is afraid of negotiations”

Zelensky described Putin as an increasingly lonely person on the world stage.

“Ukraine wants peace, Europe wants peace, the world wants peace, and we have seen who is the only one who wants war. Among all the member states of the UN, there is only one entity, who would say now, if he interrupted my speech, he is happy with this war,” he said. said Zelensky.

Russia also announced plans to use the winter to prepare its forces for a new offensive against Ukraine.

Putin announced three days earlier the “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens in support of the invasion, and raised the specter of using nuclear weapons.

In his speech, Zelensky blasted the idea of ​​”neutrality” in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, warning that indifference itself creates the conditions for war.

“Those who speak of neutrality, when they attack human values ​​and peace, mean something else. They speak of indifference, each for himself,” he said.

Zelensky also said previous attempts to negotiate with the Kremlin had failed, adding that there had been “88 rounds of talks in various formats” aimed at averting the Russian invasion before it began in February.

Call for military assistance

In his speech, Zelensky repeated previous calls for friendly countries to help Ukraine’s fight with military aid, and also described a five-term “peace formula”, including punishment for Russia, sanctions and diplomatic isolation; Recovery of Ukrainian territory; security guarantees; and “protection of life”.

“For us, this is a war for life. That’s why we need defense support — weapons, military equipment and shells. Offensive weapons, long-range are enough to liberate our land, and defense systems, especially air defense. And financial support we need it, to maintain internal stability and fulfill our social obligations to our people,” Zelensky said.

He added that the final condition for peace would be “determination” from Ukraine and the world.

“This is our decision to fight. This is the decision of partners to support us, and also themselves. And this is the world to unite around the one who fights armed aggression and to call order to the one who threatens it. All,” he said.

Russia is expected to address the world body later this week.