International Desk: Russia has been conducting military operations in Ukraine for seven consecutive months. Although Ukraine is very upset by this Russian aggression, they are also responding with western weapons. However, like allied countries, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is quite vocal against Russia outside the war zone.
He delivered a video address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Russia's "just punishment" for its aggression in Ukraine before the special UN tribunal.
At the same time, he demanded financial penalties against Russia and the removal of Moscow's veto power in the Security Council. Reuters reported this information in a report on Thursday (September 22).
In a separate report, the BBC reported that in a pre-recorded video speech on Wednesday, the Ukrainian leader called for a special war tribunal and a detailed investigation into Russian war crimes.
He also outlined a peace 'formula' for more military aid to Ukraine and punishing Russia on the world stage. After his speech, many people present in the session stood up and saluted.
At the beginning of his speech, President Zelensky accused Russia of waging an "illegal war" and creating "catastrophic unrest". Referring to Putin's announcement of a partial military build-up in Russia "to defend the motherland" in his speech, the Ukrainian president said, "This move shows us that Moscow is not interested in peace talks."
Zelensky also condemned plans for a so-called emergency vote to annex four Moscow-controlled regions of Ukraine to Russia. "A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we (Russia) demand fair punishment," the Ukrainian president said in a video address.
Zelensky said a special tribunal should be set up to punish Russia for crimes of aggression against us... Russia should pay for this war with its property. At the same time, he also called on the United Nations to "withdraw the veto power" held by Russia as a permanent member of the Security Council.
In the speech, Zelensky outlined five non-negotiable conditions for peace. These include punishing Russian aggression, restoring Ukraine's security and territorial integrity, and ensuring security.