Ukraine’s president calls on the world to punish Russia

President Zelensky urged the world to sanction Russia in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for sanctions against Russia 15 times in his video address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21. “Ukraine demands to punish Russia for taking our territory. Punishment for killing thousands of people. Punishment for torturing and humiliating the people,” President Zelensky said in English in pre-recorded video.





The President of Ukraine in a video address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21.  Photo: AFP

The President of Ukraine in a video address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21. Image: AFP

Ukraine’s president called for a special court to try Russia, saying it was a “warning signal” for countries that plan to attack other countries. He also demanded compensation, saying that Russia “should pay for this war with its own assets”.

Zelensky’s speech came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order “partial mobilization”, calling up a reserve force of about 300,000 people, mainly demobilized, experienced and qualified servicemen. certain military.

The President of Ukraine said that negotiations at this time are pointless, Russia is only using diplomacy to buy time on the battlefield. “Russia is afraid of real negotiations and doesn’t want to fulfill any fair international obligations,” he said, calling for the removal of Russia’s veto in the Security Council.

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which has the power to veto resolutions made by the body. Moscow has repeatedly criticized Washington in the past, saying that former President George W. Bush had circumvented the law to attack Iraq.





Delegates from other countries listen to Mr. Zelensky's speech on September 21.  Photo: AFP

Delegates from other countries listen to Mr. Zelensky’s speech on September 21. Image: AFP

Nearly seven months after the conflict, Ukraine is launching a counter-offensive and retaking control of parts of the northeastern province of Kharkov. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country had regained 6,000 square kilometers of territory since the beginning of the month.

President Putin said last week that the battlefield was essentially unchanged and that the Russian military did not want to act hastily. He said Russia’s advance was slow, but systematic, and gradually took control of more territory.

Hong Hanh (Theo AFP)

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