On the anniversary of the invasion, Ukraine's president wants to visit the UN
On the anniversary of the invasion, Ukraine's president wants to visit the UN

UNO: On the eve of the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to visit the United Nations to address a high-level gathering of the 193-member General Assembly, a senior foreign ministry official said on Friday.

First Deputy Foreign Minister, Emin Dzaparova, warned that a number of conditions must be met before making the trip, above all, the military environment in the region and a warning from Ukraine's intelligence service that Russia would launch "a very serious offensive in February".

"Our President would like to come, has the desire or intention to come, but it is still unclear whether the security environment will allow him to come or not," he said.

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Zelensky would be making his second trip outside Ukraine since the invasion if he does not attend the United Nations. On December 21, he paid a surprise visit to Washington to meet with President Joe Biden and members of Congress, whom he thanked for their support and who said that "against all odds," Ukraine is still standing.

Sergiy Kislitsya, the UN ambassador to Ukraine, said a ministerial meeting of the Security Council would take place on 24 February, following a high-level debate on the war for the General Assembly on 23 February.

On the eve of the anniversary of the invasion, Zaparova said that Ukraine would like to see the assembly approve one of the two resolutions Zelensky wants to approve.

She said that Ukraine is consulting with its allies regarding two measures, one of which would support the president's 10-point peace formula, which calls for the return of Ukraine's territorial integrity and the withdrawal of Russian forces, and which Create a court to hear cases of aggression other than Russia, so that Russia can be held accountable for its unprovoked aggression.

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According to Dzhaparova, step-by-step action is needed. What will happen first is still being debated. That's something that I think we'll learn about in the next week or so.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told The Associated Press in late December that his country wanted to hold a "peace" summit at the United Nations by the end of February, with Secretary-General António Guterres serving as mediator, but he had been denied permission by Russia. did not expect. To participate This would make it challenging to imagine mediation or even ending a devastating war.

Kislitsya, the Ukrainian ambassador to Russia, stressed that she does not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin would allow anyone to attend the summit because it conflicts with his strategy of making Russian territorial gains non-negotiable. A summit is still being discussed, according to Zhaparova, who also stressed that "this is not a negotiation."

In addition to a 10-point peace proposal that included the release of all prisoners, the establishment of a court to try those responsible for Russia's aggression, and security assurances for Ukraine, Zaparova said the summit would serve as a platform Will work to discuss issues that Ukraine considers important. It's about influencing the conversation, she said.

According to Zaparova, this does not mean that Ukraine is ready to ratify a peace treaty or ceasefire just because a resolution was adopted or a summit was held. This means that "negotiations about peace, or agreement on peace, can be started only after a resolution or a summit."

Following Russia's 2014 invasion and annexation of the vital peninsula, the former journalist and TV host, a Crimean Tatar whose parents left Crimea, claimed Ukraine needed political, economic and military support.

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Politically, according to Zhaparova, Russia has violated international law and the United Nations Charter, which prohibits the use of force against another country. As a result, the international community should isolate Russia.

He argued that it was necessary to give financial aid to Ukraine because its economy had suffered significantly more than Russia's, as well as to give Ukraine weapons "to fight for peace".

Although the Russian military "does not understand what they are fighting for," according to Zaparova, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are fiercely motivated and fighting to defend their homeland and population.

We are striving for victory, but ultimately, it is not clear how things will turn out, she said. According to Zhaparova, Putin will not be happy if Ukraine loses, "and I am sure Russia will attack other countries in the near future."

She insisted, "It's not just about Ukraine; it's about a shared objective to prevent further aggression." If the conflict in Ukraine is not stopped, it will escalate.

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