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Zelensky at the UN: Evil should not be trusted

2023-09-19 21:01:30, Kosova & Bota CNA
Zelensky at the UN: Evil should not be trusted
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has started his speech at the United Nations General Assembly with the topic of nuclear weapons.

He said that the 20th century has taught humanity not to use weapons of mass destruction, and to promote complete nuclear disarmament.

However, according to him, Russia still has nuclear resources and "has no right" to possess nuclear weapons.

"Food has turned into a weapon"

The Ukrainian president has said that there are treaties against weapons, but no real restrictions against turning things like food into weapons.

"Since the start of Russia's war in Ukraine, Ukrainian ports have been blocked by Russia," he said.

"Our ports on the Danube are targets of missiles and drones."

Zelensky has said that Russia is using food supplies to pressure countries to recognize captured Ukrainian territory as Russian, and thanked those countries that have decided to buy Ukrainian wheat to resist attempts by such.

"Kidnapping children is genocide"

Zelensky also spoke about the Ukrainian children who were sent to Russia.

He said that in the past terrorist groups have kidnapped children, but now, in times of war, the kidnapping and deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia is the policy of the Government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, something that has never been seen before.

"There are tens of thousands of children that we know have been kidnapped in Russia," Zelensky said, adding that "we are trying to bring them back home, but time is running out."

"What will happen to them?" he asked.

"These children in Russia learn to hate Ukraine and lose all ties with their families. This is pure genocide," he said.

The war in Ukraine started on February 24, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the war a "special military operation" to demilitarize Ukraine.

The West has responded to Russia, hitting the economy of this country with harsh sanctions.

As a result of the war, thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced from their homes.

"Beware of turning artificial intelligence into a weapon

Zelensky continued his speech by mentioning other deadly dangers besides nuclear weapons.

"We see towns, we see villages in Ukraine, destroyed by Russian artillery," he said.

"We know the potential effects of spreading war in cyberspace."

"Thank God, people have not yet learned how to use the climate as a weapon", he continued, as he mentioned a multitude of natural disasters.

Then he returned to the conflict in his country.

"While all this is happening, an unnatural disaster in Moscow has decided to start a great war and kill thousands of people. We must stop it," Zelensky declared.

"Evil should not be trusted - ask Prigozhin"

Zelensky also spoke about the peace formula, which, according to him, could end the war in Ukraine.

He has said that a peace summit is being worked on, and has invited the audience to attend when everything is confirmed.

The Ukrainian president said that unity should be discussed openly, not only behind closed doors.

"Evil should not be trusted, ask Prigozhin," said Zelensky, referring to the former leader of the Russian mercenary group, Wagner, who died in a plane crash shortly after launching a rebellion against Putin.

Zelensky concluded his speech with the hope that Russia's war in Ukraine will be the last in this world.

The war in Ukraine was also the main topic in the speech of US President Joe Biden held a few hours ago at the UN Assembly.

He has called on world leaders to unite against Russia and stand close to Ukraine.

"If we allow Ukraine to be dug up, is the independence of any country safe?" Biden asked.

His speech was met with applause when he said that the United States and its allies are with Ukraine in its fight for freedom.

"Russia is responsible for this war. Russia has the strength to stop this war immediately."

Due to the large presence of public figures in the Assembly, this organization is also seen as an opportunity for leaders to hold meetings with each other.

However, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, will not participate in this year's Assembly./ REL

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