President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented Ukraine’s formula for an end to Russia’s full-scale invasion during his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22.
The President said that this formula can be useful to any nation that may find itself in similar circumstances to Ukraine, listing the five key points necessary for peace:
- Punishment for aggression, which should apply until the restoration of internationally recognized borders and full compensation for the war;
- The protection of lives by all means permitted by the UN Charter;
- A restoration of security and territorial integrity;
- Security guarantees;
- The determination to defend onself and the determination of partners to help and unite around those who fights against armed aggression.
“This is a formula of crime and punishment, which is already well known to Russia,” Zelenskyy said.
“It is also a formula for justice, law and order, which Russia has yet to learn. Like any other potential aggressors. If you look closely at our peace formula, you will see that its implementation is already de facto becoming a reform of the United Nations. Our formula is universal, which means it unites the North and the South of the world. It calls on the global majority and encourages the expansion of the representation of those who have remained unheard.”
The President emphasized that Ukraine is ready for peace, but only one that is fair and just. Zelenskyy ruled out a settlement on any terms other than this formula. He also recalled that Russia has moved from the crime of aggression, which it has been committing since 2014, to a full-scale invasion, and Ukraine has no other choice but to defend itself and expel the aggressor from within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders.
At the end of his speech, Zelenskyy thanked the 101 countries that had previously supported his statement in front of the General Assembly, and noted that only seven countries voted against it: Russia, Belarus, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Syria and Nicaragua.
“Friends, if such a coalition is against our resolve, then I should congratulate you all,” he said.
“Congratulations, because this means that the world will defeat any aggression and that there is not a single obstacle for us to implement this formula for peace.”