If one word were to sum up Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the UN it would be, without a doubt, “punishment”. He indeed chose Wednesday to pronounce it no less than fifteen times. The Ukrainian president thus demanded a “just punishment” against Russia, strongly denouncing the invasion of his country and calling for the establishment of a special tribunal. “A crime has been committed against Ukraine”, has said President Zelensky while addressing via video message to the UN General Assembly. Unable to travel to New York, the leader had obtained this exceptional authorization from the member states of the UN. Zelensky launched a virulent diatribe against Moscow for its aggression against Ukraine. “We will not let this entity prevail over us”, he launched, dressed as always in a khaki green T-shirt, and calling for the creation of a special tribunal to judge Russia “for its crime of ‘aggression against our state’. The Ukrainian president also called for the creation of a compensation fund for Ukraine and considered that Russia should be deprived of its right of veto in the UN Security Council. Earlier, at the same UN rostrum, US President Joe Biden had accused Russia of having “brazenly violated” UN principles.
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