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Zelensky calls on UN to hold Russia ‘responsible’ for ‘war crimes’

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Before the United Nations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Russia be “held responsible” for “war crimes”, after the dozens of corpses discovered in the town of Boutcha, near kyiv. He also called for Russia to be excluded from the Security Council.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the UN on Tuesday to hold Russia “responsible” for “the worst war crimes” since World War II, he said. Volodymyr Zelensky notably affirmed before the Security Council that the Russian forces had sent “hundreds of thousands” of Ukrainians to Russia since the start of the war.

Zelensky calls for the exclusion of Russia from the Security Council

Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the UN to act “immediately” in the face of “war crimes” committed by Russia in his country, otherwise the United Nations would have to “simply close”. In a solemn speech by video broadcast live in the chamber of the Security Council, Volodymyr Zelensky also called for Russia to be excluded from this Council, of which it is one of the five permanent members, and for a reform of the system of United Nations, so that “the right to veto does not mean the right to die”. “Now we need Security Council decisions for peace in Ukraine. If you don’t know how to make this decision, you can do two things,” the Ukrainian president said.

“Either exclude Russia as an aggressor and initiator of the war so that it does not block decisions relating to its own aggression. Then do everything we can to achieve peace,” urged Volodymyr Zelensky in the presence of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “Or the other option is to please show that we can reform or change (…) If there is no alternative and option, the next option would be you dissolve all together,” the Ukrainian president further demanded.

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