Zelensky questions the UN for its inaction

Before the United Nations Security Council, to which he was addressing directly for the first time since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky demanded, on Tuesday, April 5, that Russian war crimes be recognized by the international community. The Ukrainian president also demanded that Russia no longer be able to use its right of veto on issues related to an aggression of which it is the origin. Without it, he suggested, the very existence of the UN would no longer be relevant.

By videoconference, looking somber, the Ukrainian president immediately got to the heart of the matter during a solemn speech broadcast in the institution’s assembly hall in New York. Based on the discovery of numerous bodies in Boutcha, near kyiv, over the weekend, he detailed the fate of civilians in this small town, tortured, found shot in the back of the head, thrown into wells, torn apart by thrown grenades. in their apartments, or crushed in their cars by tanks.

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« They cut limbs, throats, tongues. Women have been gang raped in front of their children, to statement Volodymyr Zelensky. Boutcha is just one example among many: the world has yet to discover the horrible truth. »

For the Ukrainian leader, it is essential to establish Russia’s responsibility as soon as possible, within the framework of an independent international investigation, so that the protagonists and interpreters are “immediately brought to justice for war crimes”, and that a Nuremberg-style trial, launched in 1945, be staged against the 24 top leaders of Nazi Germany. Videos of brutalized, massacred and charred bodies have been released.

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The Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, spoke out against this presentation, saying that under the Russian occupation, “nobody from Boutcha had suffered a violent action”. The diplomat took up the line of the Kremlin that had been negotiated a few days ago: these images would be a “handling” on the part of kyiv, levies and looting, the result of actions committed by “Ukrainian extremists.”

Russian “filtration camps”

A skirmish ensued, when the American representative spoke of “filtration fields” in Russia, where they were allegedly taken by force “tens of thousands of Ukrainians”including children. “Reports indicate that Russian federal security agents are seizing passports and identity cards, mobile phones and separating families. detailed Linda Thomas-Greenfield. I need not say what these so-called “filtration fields” remind us of. It’s creepy. We can’t ignore it. “We were able to evacuate 602,000 people to the east, including 119,000 childrenreplied Vassily Nebenzia. These are not forced kidnappings, as Westerners claim. they are volunteers »

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