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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy tells UN ‘responsibility must be inevitable’ – SABC News

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the United Nations Security Council (UN) that “responsibility must be unavoidable” for Russia, as he accused Russian troops of committing “the most horrific war crimes” since World War II.

Zelenskyy showed a short video of burnt, bloody and mutilated bodies, including children, in Irpin, Dymerka, Mariupol and Bucha.

He questioned the value of the 15-member UN Security Council, which could not take action over Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine because Moscow is a veto power, along with the United States, France, Britain and China. .

“We are dealing with a state that changes its veto at the UN Security Council in the right to (cause) death,” Zelenskyy said in a live video address, which encouraged reform of the world body. “Russia wants to turn Ukraine into a silent slave.”

Russia says it is carrying out a “special military operation” aimed at destroying and “denazifying” Ukraine’s military infrastructure, and denies attacking civilians. Ukraine says it was invaded without provocation.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the council: “We have once again heard an enormous amount of lies about Russian soldiers and military.”

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The United Nations said some 11 million Ukrainians – more than a quarter of the population – had fled their homes. More than 4 million of those people have left Ukraine.

UN Assistant Chief Martin Griffiths said at least 1,430 civilians had been killed, including more than 121 children. “We know this is probably a serious underestimation,” he added.

Griffiths, who is seeking a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine, said “we have a long way to go” after what he described as a “frank” meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.

“Dangerous conditions hinder our efforts to gain access to civilians – or for them to gain access to us. Citizens should be allowed to move to safer areas without fear of attack,” Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. He said he hopes to travel to Ukraine on Wednesday to meet with Ukrainian officials.

UN Political Affairs Chief Rosemary Di Carlo said the United Nations had received credible allegations “that Russian troops have used cluster munitions in populated areas at least 24 times.” She said allegations that Ukrainian troops had used such weapons were also being investigated.

“Accusations of conflict-related sexual violence perpetrated by Russian troops have also arisen. These include gang rape and child rape,” she said. “There are also allegations of sexual violence by Ukrainian troops and civil defense militias.”

She said the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine sought to verify all allegations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was one of the biggest challenges facing international order “because of its nature, intensity and consequences”.

Guterres said the war put even more pressure on the developing world, with more than 1.2 billion people particularly vulnerable to high costs for food, energy and fertilizers.
“We are already seeing some countries from vulnerability to crisis, and signs of serious social unrest,” he added.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy tells UN ‘responsibility must be inevitable’ – SABC News

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