Ukraine’s president appeals to world leaders amid escalating Russian nuclear threats

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on world leaders to step up their support for Ukraine – urging those who have claimed neutrality – amid rising Russian aggression and nuclear threats.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment,” he said during a pre-recorded video message played to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people.”

Sir. Zelenskyy called for “punishment for the catastrophic turbulence Russia provoked with its illegal war, not only for us Ukrainians, but for the whole world.”

He then presented a five-step vision for peace, which included tougher sanctions on Russia, and he called for additional economic and military aid to help liberate occupied territories.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy can be seen on two large screens at the front of the assembly.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the UN General Assembly that Ukraine and the world want peace restored. (AP Photo: Julia Nikhinson)

“Ukraine wants peace. Europe wants peace. The world wants peace,” Mr Zelenskyy said.

“And we have seen who is the only one who wants war.”

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The speech came less than 24 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization, marking the most significant escalation in the war since Russia invaded its neighbor in February.

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