Hours after Russia announced its intention to mobilize some reservists, Zelensky in his videoconference speech referred to this mobilization as proof that the Kremlin was not willing to negotiate an end to the war, and insisted that your country will be victorious either way.
“We can return the Ukrainian flag to our entire territory. We can do it with force of arms”, explained the Ukrainian president. “But we need time”, he added.
Likewise, Zelensky pointed out that any Russian talk about negotiating the end of the war it is just a delaying tactic since Moscow’s actions speak louder than its words.
“They speak of negotiations but announce a military mobilization. They talk about negotiations but announce pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine”, expressed the Ukrainian president.
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Meanwhile, Zelensky’s speech was surprising not only for its content, but also for its context; as he did so after the announcement of the mobilization of Russian reservists, and this is the first time he has addressed a gathering of world dignitaries since the invasion of Russia in February.
Although Zelenskyy did not speak on the podium where other presidents, prime ministers and monarchs speak, the Ukrainian president appeared as he has on many previous occasions on video, dressed in an olive green shirt.
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Zelensky’s speech was one of the most anticipated for those present at the United Nations headquarters.
Even when some representatives of many countries try to avoid referring to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the topic appeared in the speeches of dignitaries around the world and in most, the sentiment is similar: The Russian invasion does not adhere to the fundamental principles of the United Nations, such as peace, dialogue and respect for sovereignty.
“It is an attack on this very institution in which we find ourselves today”, said the president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, whose country is Ukraine’s neighbor.
Finally, Zelensky considers that Moscow wants to spend the winter preparing its forces in Ukraine for a new offensive.
With information from The Associated Press Agency.