Zelensky’s Speech at UN security council meeting: What to know

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Russian armies for indiscriminately slaying civilians “just for their pleasure” in an emotionally charged address Tuesday to the United Nations Security Council during which he questioned the very mandate of the Security Council itself.

Here’s what to know about his speech:

  • This comes one day after he paid a visit to the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where horrible images of bodies in the streets ensued over the weekend.
  • According to Zelensky, Russia’s actions were no distinct from those of a terror group, except that Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council.
  • Russia has veto power at the UN and has recently used that to obstruct a resolution criticizing its invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Ukrainian leader condemned the body, asking representatives point-blank:
    “Where is the security that the Security Council needs to guarantee? It is not there, though there is a Security Council.”
  • Zelensky told the UN it should do one of two things:
  • One was to remove Russia “as an aggressor and a source of war so cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war.”
  • The second, “If there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be dissolve yourself altogether,” Zelensky said.
    “It is obvious that the key institution of the world designed to combat aggression and ensure peace cannot work effectively,” Zelensky said.
  • In his speech, Zelensky said there was “not a single crime” that the Russians “would not commit,” alleging Russian troops had “searched for and purposefully killed anyone who served our country.”
  • Zelensky also cautioned that the atrocities found in Bucha would be repeated in other cities across Ukraine and requested accountability.
  • Also, The president demanded full and transparent investigations and security guarantees for Ukraine.

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