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Russia-Ukraine War: Volodimir Zelenskiy Called to Declare Moscow a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’

Volodymyr Zelensky gave a strong speech this Wednesday before the UN General Assembly. In a pre-recorded video, he gave a five step formula for peace in the Russian-Ukrainian war. Furthermore, he called for parliaments declare Moscow a “state sponsor of terrorism”claimed to remove the right to veto in the Security Council and launched a request to stop “energy blackmail”.

“Russia must be recognized as a sponsor of terrorism, at all levels, in all countries that profess the values ​​of protecting human life,” Zelensky said.

“If we don’t have a legal mechanism, they can take a political decision in parliaments”he added about possible pronouncements against Moscow in each country.

At the start of his speech, he singled out Russia as “the only entity that wants war.”

“Ukraine wants peace, Europe wants peace, the world wants peace. And we already saw who is the only one who wants war. There is only one entity among all the member states of the UN that now, if I could interrupt my speech, would say that they are happy about this war, about their war. But we do not see to allow this entity to rule over us, even if it is the largest state in the world,” said the Ukrainian president.




Volodimir Zelensky’s message to the United Nations General Assembly. Photo EFE

On the progress of the defense in recent weeks, he said: “We had no choice but to defend ourselves. We are defending ourselves and pushing the aggressor beyond the internationally recognized border of the State of Ukraine.”

Throughout his message, Zelensky gave some details about the supply of arms, energy resources and Russia’s situation in international organizations.

As for military support, he redoubled his request for shipments of “long-range weapons and intelligence.” Likewise, he requested the creation of a special court to punish Moscow.

In this sense, he said that Russia – in retreat – wants to spend the winter still in occupied Ukrainian territory. “To regroup forces to launch a new offensive,” Zelensky said. “We cannot accept it, it would be an even worse war than the one we are experiencing right now.”

On the other hand, he referred to the “energy blackmail” carried out by the Vladimir Putin regime and that causes “turbulence”.

“Russia’s oil and gas must be brought back to being just ordinary commodities. Currently oil and gas are Russia’s energy weapons, so it manipulates the markets so that electricity, gas and oil become a privilege of a few,” he said.

To stop it, he proposed putting caps on energy prices: “Limiting prices is equivalent to taking care of the world. But will the world do it? Or will it be afraid of threats from Russia? It only takes one firm step. It has arrived the moment”.

Another of the outstanding items of his speech was the reiterated claim to isolate Russia from international organizations. Specifically, he once again suggested that Moscow be stripped of the right to veto in the United Nations Security Council.

“As long as the aggressor is part of decision-making in international organizations, we will not be able to move forward,” said Zelenski, who insisted that “the aggressor must also be punished in institutions.”

Volodimir Zelensky's message to the United Nations General Assembly.  Photo Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Volodimir Zelensky’s message to the United Nations General Assembly. Photo Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Already near the end he returned to manifest himself on that subject. “For some reason Russia is a member of the Security Council. For what reason are not Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine? The day it becomes so, this issue will be resolved,” she explained.

He ended with a wish for peace and his usual message: “Glory to Ukraine.”

Zelensky and the 5-step formula for peace

After the introduction, in which he reviewed the current situation of the Russia-Ukraine war, Zelenski structured his speech in the presentation of a five-step formula for peace. “It can work not only for us, but for anyone in the same circumstances,” he said.

The five principles They are: punishment, protection of life, restoration of security and territorial integrity, guarantees of security and determination.

Punishment for the crime of aggression, for the violation of borders and territorial integrity. Punishment must occur while the borders have not been recovered, until the aggression has been stopped and until the damages caused by this war have not been compensated, “he said about the first item of his formula.

It was in this context that he called for Russia’s withdrawal from international organizations and the suspension of its right to veto. Although he also extended the punishments to “propagandists”, with a “whole package of personal restrictions”.

Mass graves in Izium, Ukraine, one of the balances left by the Russian occupation.  AP Photo


Mass graves in Izium, Ukraine, one of the balances left by the Russian occupation. AP Photo

When talking about the life protectionrecalled the mass graves in Izium and the corpses dumped in the streets in Bucha.

“Each state that suffers an armed aggression must be able to protect its citizens and liberate its territories. If it needs help, with weapons or bombs, this help must be given. If they need financial help for internal stability, it must be given. If it is necessary offer intelligence data, do it,” he said in this regard.

Refering to security and territorial integritysaid that Russia violated it in the seas, in the food issue, at the nuclear, energy level and in the face of “weapons of mass destruction”.

He welcomed the gradual restoration of maritime and food security. But he stopped at two issues: the nuclear threat and energy.

A Russian missile hit a few meters from a nuclear power plant in Ukraine.  Image capture video


A Russian missile hit a few meters from a nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Image capture video

He drew attention to the seriousness of the bombing of nuclear power plants, in what he called “radiation blackmail”. And he warned: “None of you will find a vaccine against radiation sickness.”

On energy, he pointed out the danger that “oil, gas, electricity and diesel become goods for a few.” And so he introduced the claim to regulate prices.

He then referred to the security guarantees. In this regard, he announced that Ukraine already has proposals to modernize the international security structure.

“They are proposals for bilateral and multilateral treaties, legally binding. They are the conditions for the guarantors to act and for their interventions to give results on land, sea and air, in diplomacy and politics, in economy and finance, in the supply of weapons and intelligence,” Zelensky defined.

Although he was careful to compare it with the “existing alliances” (he seemed to allude to NATO), he warned: “It is always better to guarantee the security of a nation preventively than to later have to stop a war”:

The fifth and final component of the peace formula presented by Zelensky is “the determination, without which the other elements do not work”.

“It is the determination to fight, the determination of partners to help us and themselves, the determination to unite around the one who is fighting armed aggression and to call to order the one who threatens everyone,” the Ukrainian president said.

“It is the formula of crime and punishment, which Russia knows well,” he added at the time of the final balance. “But it is also the formula of justice, law and order that Russia has yet to learn,” she said, before calling for the formula to be applied “as soon as possible.”

Members of the UN General Assembly listen to Volodimir Zelensky.  Photo EFE


Members of the UN General Assembly listen to Volodimir Zelensky. Photo EFE

The countries that voted against Zelensky

The Ukrainian president’s message was pre-recorded, not live.

This exceptional nature required, for its authorization, a vote within the United Nations, with a balance of 101 votes in favor and 7 against.

“Only seven voted against. Eritrea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and Syria. They are afraid of the pre-recorded speech and respond early by pressing the red button,” Zelensky denounced.

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