Russia ‘weaponizes’ food, energy and children kidnapped in Ukraine war, Zelensky says in fiery speech at UN

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on world leaders to “act united to defeat the aggressor,” during a stirring speech to the United Nations in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.

Zelensky, 45, called Russia’s war against his country an attack on the “international order” in his impassioned English-language speech to the General Assembly that lasted just over 15 minutes.

Wearing a long-sleeved olive polo shirt and sporting a beard, Zelensky warned that the “dangerous radioactive threat” of nuclear war persisted without international intervention.

“Let unity decide everything openly,” Zelensky pleaded.

“While Russia is pushing the world towards final war, Ukraine is doing everything to ensure that after Russian aggression, no one in the world will dare attack any nation.

“Militarization must be controlled, war crimes must be punished, those deported must return home and the occupier must return to their own country. We must be united,” he said to loud applause.

Zelensky began his speech by criticizing Russia for using food, energy and attacks on children against Ukraine.

“We know the names of tens of thousands of children…kidnapped by Russia from the occupied territories of Ukraine and then deported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed Russia in a fiery speech at the UN.
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The International Criminal Court has issued international arrest warrants for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for this crime. We try to bring the children home but time passes… what will happen to them? “, he asked.

“For the first time in modern history, we have a real chance to end aggression in the conditions of the attacked nation,” Zelensky said, pleading for international unity.

“And it’s a real chance for every nation… to have the same result if attacked,” he continued, while a Russian diplomat was pictured playing with his phone, the looking disconcerted.

Zelensky also made a pointed remark to Russian allies, saying “evil cannot be trusted” and advising them to question (apparently slain Russian warlord Yevgeny) “Prigozhin about Putin’s promises.”

The embattled leader took the stage hours after President Biden, who also called for international unity against the Russian offensive.

“I ask you this: If we abandon the fundamental principles of the United States of appeasing an aggressor, can any member state of this body have the certainty of being protected? » Biden said in his speech Tuesday morning.

“If we let Ukraine divide, is the independence of a nation assured?

Biden is the only leader of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to deliver a speech in person this year.

Putin and his informal ally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, did not attend the annual summit.

Also noticeably absent were Washington, D.C. partners British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron, whose countries round out the Big Five.

Zelensky was scheduled to attend a private powwow with Biden at the White House on Thursday and make his second wartime visit to the Capitol, where lawmakers are divided on how to proceed on a $24 billion military and humanitarian aid package dollars to Ukraine.

If approved, the United States would have sent a total of $135 billion to Ukraine since Russia’s unprovoked invasion began in February 2022, according to the nonprofit think tank Center for Strategic & International Studies.

With post wires

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