Zelensky accuses Russia of abusing veto power to render UN Security Council ineffective

5 April, 08:22 PM
Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the UN Security Council on April 5, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the UN Security Council on April 5, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

The UN Security Council is unable to fulfill its mission to preserve global peace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address to the council on April 5.

“Where is the security that the (UN) Security Council is supposed to provide?” said Zelensky.

“Where is the peace that the UN was founded to achieve? It’s clear that this key global institution, which is supposed to pacify aggressors and ensure peace, simply cannot function effectively.”

The president said the very first article of UN’s Charter – which outlines the organization’s mission to maintain world peace – is being violated by Russia.

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Zelensky then spoke about Russian war crimes in Ukraine, Ukrainian cities being besieged and leveled by artillery and air strikes, and attacks on civilian convoys. He described the horrific Bucha massacre as an example of Russian war crimes – the worst of their kind since the Second World War.

“Russia has turned its Security Council veto rights into the right to kill,” said the president.

“It is undermining the global security arrangements, allowing evil to spread across the world, unchecked.”

“If this is allowed to continue, every country will be left to only count on their military strength to ensure their security, instead of international law and institutions; the UN would simple become obsolete.”

Zelensky urged the UN to reform, for the aggressor to be pacified, and to hold Russian troops and commanders that committed war crimes to account. He presented the UN with three courses of action: suspend Russia’s veto power in the Security Council, reform the institution in some way, or simply disband.

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