26 March 2022, 01:45 PM
Nuclear power status should not be 'permission for injustice' for its holder, Zelensky says
“Injustice is the basis of what Russia is doing against us, against Ukraine, using its privileges in international organizations, as well as the fear of the use of nuclear weapons, a fear that Russia deliberately spreads, boasting that it can destroy people, but also life on Earth,” Zelensky stated.
There is now a serious global discussion at the political level about what to do if Russia uses tactical nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, in particular, chemical ones, Zelensky added.
Russia's attack on Ukraine after Kyiv voluntarily abandoned its nuclear arsenal in the 1990s is the highest manifestation of injustice that can be seen today, Ukraine’s president said.
“We need a real reform of international institutions to ensure security, so that countries that are 28 times bigger do not think that they can afford to do anything they wish, so that having a nuclear status does not serve as permission for any injustice,” the Ukrainian president said.
On March 25, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polianskiy, said that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in the event of some kind of “provocation” by NATO.
Before that, the Pentagon warned that the Kremlin would begin to threaten the West with nuclear weapons when Ukrainian resistance and sanctions weaken the Russian army.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has also said that Russia would never win a nuclear war.
On Feb. 27, Russia announced that it was putting its nuclear forces in a state of high alert.
According to Zelensky, Russia is aware of the catastrophic consequences of a nuclear war, so the Kremlin's rhetoric about the possibility of using nuclear deterrence forces is a bluff.
Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. March 26 is the 31st day of the full-scale war Russia unleashed on Ukraine, although it refuses to recognize it as such, instead calling it a "special military operation in the Donbas."
Invading Russian troops have been trying to advance from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine.
From the first days of the war, the most difficult situation has been observed in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mariupol, and the outskirts of Kyiv.
The invaders are also trying to seize those territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions that were under the control of Ukraine before the invasion.