Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the United Nations (UN) to answer for allowing Russia, which he refers to as “Russian terrorists,” to have a seat at the tables of power. Zelenskyy stated that it is crucial for all their messages to be heard by their partners, and if the UN continues to give room to “Russian terrorists,” it is a question that all UN members should address.
Zelenskyy’s comments come as he visits the United States to seek continued help in repelling Russia’s invasion, which has been ongoing for nearly 19 months. Ukraine’s Western allies, including the US, have been providing military and humanitarian aid, with President Joe Biden’s administration now seeking an additional $24 billion in assistance. However, there is a growing divide among US lawmakers regarding further financial support to Ukraine.
During his visit to the US, Zelenskyy is scheduled to address world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and participate in a UN Security Council meeting about Ukraine on Wednesday. Notably, Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, holds veto power and is expected to make remarks through its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Zelenskyy had previously criticized the UN for its inaction, referring to it as a “retired superhero” that has forgotten its past greatness. This visit marks Zelenskyy’s first time in the US since December, and he began his trip by visiting wounded Ukrainian military members at a hospital in New York.
At Staten Island University Hospital, Zelenskyy met with injured troops and expressed his gratitude for their service. He also awarded medals to the injured, signed a Ukrainian flag, and thanked the medical personnel for their efforts.
As Zelenskyy continues his diplomatic efforts, the international community will be watching to see how his calls for accountability at the UN and continued support from Western allies unfold.
– Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls for answer over UN allowing “Russian terrorists” – NBC News
– Ukrainian President Zelenskyy criticizes UN in visit to wounded troops in New York – ABC News