Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the UN Security Council on Wednesday, saying there had been 574 days of “pain, loss and struggle” since Russia invaded his country. He said people and governments had lost confidence in the UN’s ability and willingness to defend sovereign borders and that the UN had been “ineffective” but was “capable of doing more”.
Zelensky called for the UN General Assembly to be given the power to overcome the veto held by Russia, calling it a “necessary step”. He said: “It is impossible to stop the war because all efforts are vetoed by the aggressor or those who tolerate the aggressor..”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of “selectively” turning to UN norms and principles on a case-by-case basis “based on their parochial geopolitical needs.” Speaking before the UN Security Council, he said this had led to “an undermining of global stability” and “the exacerbation of new pockets of tensions” which risked leading to global conflict.
More than a dozen European countries, along with Australia and Canada, asked the World Court on Wednesday to decide whether it has jurisdiction in a case brought by Kiev alleging that Russia abused the genocide convention to provide a pretext for the invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine took the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court for state-to-state disputes, days after Russia launched a full-scale war against its smaller neighbor the February 24 last year.
Poland said on Wednesday it would no longer arm Ukraine and instead focus on its own defense, as the two allies clashed at a key moment in kyiv’s response to the Russian invasion. Amid a growing row over Ukraine’s grain exports, Poland summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to protest Zelenskiy’s remarks at the UN.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, in a lengthy speech to the UN General Assembly, accused the United States of fanning the flames of violence in Ukraine.provoking protests from Israel’s representative to the UN.
Russia “deliberately and repeatedly” targeted medical facilities in the Ukrainian city of Kherson.causing damage to children’s hospitals, maternity wards and a regional clinic, according to a new study.
Swedish investigation into last year’s Nord Stream sabotage at sensitive stage and the investigator, Mats Ljungqvist, hopes to conclude it before the end of the year, he told Reuters on Wednesday.
Ukraine’s first lady on Tuesday urged world leaders to help return Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia. where she said they were being indoctrinated and deprived of their national identity. Speaking on the sidelines of the UN general assembly, Olena Zelenska said more than 19,000 Ukrainian children had been forcibly transferred or deported to Russia or the occupied territories.
Ukraine said it shot down 17 drones overnight Tuesday. The Air Force reported that Russian troops launched a total of 24 unmanned aerial vehicles into Ukraine. Ukraine reported that Russia struck an oil refinery in Kremenchuk, causing a fire and halting operations.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, reported on Wednesday that three settlements in the region had lost power following cross-border shelling by Ukrainian armed forces. and this woman had been injured. He later reported that one man was killed and another injured by shelling near the village of Maksimovka.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met for more than an hour with Zelenskiy on Wednesday. and discussed ways to achieve a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine. “We had a good conversation about the importance of construction routes,” Lula posted on the messaging platform ‘UN.