Ukrainian President Vladimir Zilinsky on Tuesday (April 16th) criticized the UN Security Council for saying it had not taken steps to end Russia’s war against his country.
Mr Zilinsky also called for Russia to be held accountable for its “crimes” in Ukraine.
“We are interacting with a government that has turned Vito [the right to vote] in the UN Security Council into a right to die,” President Zilinsky said, referring to Russia’s military performance in Ukraine. He added that Moscow had used its veto power to prevent the Security Council from taking action in the Ukraine war.
Speaking at a 15-minute video conference at a UN Security Council meeting, the senior Ukrainian official also said that Russia’s actions undermine all global security structures and that the Security Council’s inaction against Moscow would allow Russian officials to They should not be punished, and “they [Russian officials] are destroying everything they can.”
Mr Zilinsky’s speech to the UN Security Council came just days after Russian troops withdrew from the Bucha region near Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
Officials and locals reported finding more than 300 bodies after Russian forces withdrew from the Bucha area.
Moscow has denied involvement in the killing of civilians and blamed “Ukrainian radicals” for the killings.
“Are you ready to close the United Nations? Do you think the time for international law is over? If not, then why? “You have to act immediately. The Charter of the United Nations must be restored immediately.”
Mr Zilinsky also said that those who committed atrocities against Ukrainians should be held accountable.
“The Russian army and those who give orders must be brought to justice immediately for the crimes committed in Ukraine,” he added.
In this speech, the President of Ukraine showed a short but horrible video from various Ukrainian cities, including the city of Bucha, to the diplomats of the Security Council, in which the bodies of the killed were seen.
The video showed the bodies of the dead with their hands tied behind their backs, most of them burnt so that their faces were unrecognizable. In this video, a mass grave was also shown.
Russia’s representative to the Security Council rejected the video, but Ukraine claimed that the atrocity was committed by Russia.
Zilinsky’s remarks came after US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin should be tried for “war crimes.”