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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the United Nations to issue ultimatums to Russia on diplomacy as the deadly war continues for a sixth week.
Zelenskyy, who has won international praise for his refusal to bow to Moscow’s aggression, said the United Nations has only cared about Ukrainians since the first Russian invasion in 2014.
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“Unfortunately, few of our citizens survived after raising their concerns,” the president said in an interview Thursday with India’s Republic Media Network television. “You must establish isolation against the Russian Federation.”
“We shouldn’t use words of concern, we should use the word…ultimatum,” Zelenskyy added. “Because they only use the ultimatum in their conversation with us and the whole world.”
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council (HRC) after the revelation of war crimes last week.
Russian negotiators agreed last week to withdraw their troops from the region surrounding kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv to “build mutual trust”.
But after troops withdrew from areas around the capital, horrific pictures surfaced and more than 400 civilians were found dead in the suburb of Bucha with bodies abandoned on the streets or buried in mass graves.
Russia has denied reports of gross human rights abuses by Russian troops and blamed Western countries like the United States for masterminding the atrocities.
The Kremlin announced it would end its membership of the HRC and accused the 93 member countries that voted in favor of the suspension of “blackmail”.
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“In Russia’s view, the resolution…is an illegal and politically motivated act of punishment designed to set an example of a sovereign member of the UN pursuing independent domestic and foreign policies,” the Russian ministry said. Foreign Affairs in a statement.
Russia continues to sit as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which gives it the right to veto major international decisions.
Zelenskyy urged the UN this week to remove Russia from the top governing body – responsible for maintaining global security and peace – for its role in what he described as “the worst war crimes”. most terrible” since the Second World War.
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“If we talk about the isolation of the Russian Federation with different international organizations, then there should be isolation,” Zelenskyy said. “No more having meetings with them, sitting with them at one table and talking to them about the need to fix the problem and repeating the word ‘concern’.”
Zelenskyy said he was ready to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin “as soon as possible” for serious peace negotiations.