Zelensky asks to punish Russia and excludes peace talks for now

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United Nations (EFE). Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used his speech before the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to call on the world for harsher punishments against Russia and demand more military support for his country, ruling out any possibility of peace talks for now.

Zelensky addressed the international community on the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a new phase of the war, ordering the partial mobilization of reservists and threatening to use nuclear weapons.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a video speech at the UN General Assembly. EFE/EPA/Peter Foley

These statements by Putin, made in the midst of a major Ukrainian counter-offensive, set the tone for a second day of international leaders’ meetings at the UN, in which the Russian leader does not participate but where he has captured almost all the attention today.

Zelensky, who is also not in New York, addressed the General Assembly in a video message and condemned the Russian invasion as a “crime” against his country, against its citizens and against all the values ​​that the UN represents.

First Lady of Ukraine Elena Zelenskaya (c) listens to her husband, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. EFE/EPA/Peter Foley

“Russia must pay”

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand a just punishment,” the president insisted, speaking in English and dressed in his now classic military shirt.

This punishment, he pointed out, should be translated into sanctions, a blockade of trade and relations with Moscow, deprivation of their right to vote in international bodies, restrictions on the issuance of visas to Russians, or the creation of a special court to try the crimes committed. ., by the way.

Zelensky at this time closed the door on possible talks with Russia, insisting that when Moscow talks about dialogue, the only thing it is looking for is buying time to regroup.

“Russia wants to spend the winter in the occupied territory of Ukraine and prepare its forces for a new offensive. New Buchasy, new Izyum…” he said, referring to the two cities where alleged massacres were discovered after the Russians left.

“They at least want to prepare fortifications on the occupied lands and carry out military mobilization at home,” Zelensky added, saying that his country could not come to terms with the war postponed for several months, because then it would be even more bloody.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at the UN General Assembly. EFE/EPA/Peter Foley

more military aid

For this reason, he asked his allies for additional military support, especially long-range weapons and air defenses, with which he could continue his counteroffensive.

“We can return the Ukrainian flag to our entire territory. We can do it by force of arms, but we need time,” said Zelensky, who also requested additional financial assistance.

As he stressed, all Russia’s actions, such as the latest statements made by Putin today, show that “Russia wants war.”

“We are ready for the world, but a real, fair and just world. That is why the whole world is on our side,” he added in a speech that lifted the majority of those present at the semi-cycle of the General Assembly.

Support for Kyiv was echoed at the UN today by US President Joe Biden, who demanded firmness from the world in the face of a Russian invasion and assured that Putin was looking to “put an end to Ukraine’s right.” exist as a state.

Also from several leaders who see the conflict as something very close, in the case of Estonia or Latvia, while European countries met with their foreign ministers in New York to agree on their response to Putin’s latest measures.

Meanwhile, many governments in other regions have opted for more general calls for peace and an end to the conflict, which has indirect repercussions around the world.

Iran vs USA

Another speech expected that day was that of Iranian leader Ebrahim Raisi, who used his first visit to New York as president to blame the United States and warn Washington that its hegemony was coming to an end and that it would be replaced by a “new order” .

Raisi, speaking as hundreds of Iranian expatriates protested against the theocratic regime in his country in close proximity to the UN, also said he was still willing to reach an agreement to save the 2015 nuclear pact, but demanded guarantees and reiterated that his the country would not seek atomic weapons.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks at the UN General Assembly. EFE/EPA/JASON SZENES

The ultra-conservative leader did not directly refer to the demonstrations taking place in the country after the death of a woman detained for wearing the wrong veil, but wanted to condemn the “double standards” of those who criticize the human rights situation. in Iran, not elsewhere.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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