UNSC Meet: Zelenskyy Says "Worst Crimes Since World War 2", Russia Responds

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed a meeting of the United Nations Security Council yesterday on Tuesday and appealed for the expulsion of Russia from the Security Council where it has veto power, “so it cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war.” He pointedly asked what the UN was doing to preserve “international law”: “Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to close the UN? And the time of international law is gone? If your answer is no, you need to act immediately”.

“Most Terrible Crimes Since World War II”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the “most terrible crimes since World War II are being committed in Ukraine”. Recently, visuals of the bodies of civilians in the open in Bucha had prompted allegations of brutality against Russian forces, denied by Moscow and dismissed as a provocation.

It even sought to convene a UNSC meeting on these ‘provocations’ by Ukraine. Zelensky said that Bucha was only one example of such incidents and called for a “tribunal” similar to the Nuremberg Trials to try “war criminals”.

The UN Secretary General has also expressed ‘deep shock’ at the alleged events in Bucha, and called for an independent probe.

Zelenskyy made a number of allegations against Russian forces, including ‘seek and destroy’ operations going door-to-door, and shooting non-combatant women. Russia on its part has also alleged rights violations by Ukrainian forces as a direct response to the Ukrainian president.

Russia Responds: ‘Ungrounded Allegations’, ‘Nazis Running The Show In Ukraine’

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya responded to Zelenskyy’s allegations by saying that they were :ungrounded” and have not been confirmed by reliable sources.

The Russian diplomat said that one of his campaign promises was to end the war in the Donbass region, but “now you referred to the people of Donetsk and Lugansk as subspecies”. He said that the Zelenskyy government “declared war” on their Russian language, creating conditions like an ‘inquisition’ “in a country where Russian is the language of 40% of the population”.

He said that the current situation of artillery and missiles exploding over Ukraine has been ongoing since eight years in the Donbass regions, and “there is no other way to bring peace to Donbass, unfortunately, after you and your subordinates categorically refused to comply with the Minsk Agreements”.

He also said regarding the situation in Mariupol, where “123,000 and a half people” are stuck, that Russia has been attempting to create humanitarian corridors, but “agreements are not being implemented by the Ukrainian side”

Azov Battalion represents “depths of cruelty” of the nationalists, yet to American media, Zelenskyy said “they are what they are”.  Nebenzya said that Zelenskyy had been “preparing” since March to solve the Donbass problem through “military means”, as per “secret orders” discovered during the ‘special military operations’.

Mr. Nebenzya said that not only are Nazis present in Ukriane but they are also “running the show” and said that those being termed as “national heroes” in Ukraine are Nazi collaborators.

India’s Remarks: ‘No Significant Improvement In Situation’

India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurthi supported the call for an “independent probe” in Bucha, Ukraine, to investigate alleged rights violations. “We hope that the international community will continue to respond positively to the humanitarian needs” in Ukraine.

He reiterated India’s stance seeking an end to hostilities, and a solution through ‘dialogue and diplomacy’ while noting that many countries were affected by the conflict. He emphasized to “all member states of the UN” that the international order was based on international law, UN Charter, and respect for territorial integrity of member states.

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