Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Tells UN to ‘Act Immediately’ or ‘Dissolve’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to “act immediately” or “dissolve yourself altogether” during an emotionally-charged virtual address on April 5.

Zelensky criticized the 15-member council, which aims to ensure international peace and security, asking representatives, “Where is the security that the Security Council needs to guarantee? It is not there, though there is a Security Council.”

Zelensky called on UNSC to expel Russia, one of the five permanent members of the council, which has used its veto power repeatedly to block resolutions and negotiations on the global stage.

“If there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be dissolve yourself altogether,” Zelensky said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to remind you of Article 1, Chapter 1 of the UN Charter. What is the purpose of our organization? Its purpose is to maintain and make sure that peace is adhered to. And now the UN charter is violated literally starting with Article 1. And so what is the point of all other Articles?” Zelensky also said.

Zelensky accused Russia of committing war crimes “just for their pleasure,” telling the UNSC that Russian forces killed entire families, slashed people’s throats, and raped and killed women in front of their children.”

Zelensky showed a graphic video of images of dead Ukrainians, some burned and disfigured, including children.

According to a UN official at the meeting, at least 1,450 civilians died and at least 2,195 were injured in Ukraine between the start of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion on Ukraine on February 24 and April 4

Zelensky likened Russia’s actions to those of a terror group.

There was “not a single crime” that the Russian troops “would not commit,” Zelensky said.

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