United Nations – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyyon Tuesday that Russian troops had invaded his country” Adults and children, and they tried to burn the bodies.” He made it clear that he believed the United Nations had not stopped the brutal attack on his country and needed to change to fulfill its intended purpose of bringing peace in to protect the world, to fulfill.
Zelenskyy was addressing the UN’s most powerful body – of which Russia is a permanent veto member – amid growing outrage around the worldthat Russian troops deliberately killed civilians .
The Biden administration has backed Zelenskyy’s charge that Russia isin Ukraine, but it has yet to agree to its claim that Putin’s forces are guilty of the specific crime of genocide.
Zelenskyy accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of behaving like a brutal colonizer. He made it clear that without changes that would prevent Russia from using its veto power to block Security Council action, the United Nations and the entire system of global security it represents could become obsolete. The Ukrainian leader urged the UN to either kick Russia out or change the council’s rules.
“Ukraine has the moral right to propose reform of the world security system,” he said. “We have proven that we help others… now we need Security Council decisions for peace in Ukraine.”
“The UN system must be reformed immediately so that the [Security Council] Veto is not the right to die,” said Zelenskyy.
He hinted that more atrocities remained to be uncovered and accused Russia of “deliberately destroying Ukrainian cities.”
“Now the world can see what they did in Bucha,” he told the Security Council. “But the world has yet to see what Russia has done in other regions.”
“Russian troops are deliberately destroying Ukrainian cities with artillery and air strikes. They deliberately blockade cities and cause mass starvation. They deliberately shoot at columns of civilians in the streets trying to escape hostilities. They even intentionally blow up shelters where civilians are hiding, during airstrikes,” said Zelenskyy.
CBS News has seen firsthand clear evidence of atrocities in towns and villages around Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. Bodies were found on the streets of Bucha and dozens more were thrown into hastily dug mass graves.
The gruesome scenes left behind by Vladimir Putin’s invading forces have prompted calls for tougher sanctions against the Kremlin, including a complete halt to gas and oil imports from Russia. Germany and France responded by expelling dozens of Russian diplomats who pretended to be spies. US President Joe Biden said Putin should be tried for war crimes.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council session on Tuesday and criticized Russia for the “senseless loss of life, the massive devastation of urban centers and the destruction of civilian infrastructure” in Ukraine.
“I will never forget the terrifying images of the civilians killed in Bucha,” Guterres said.
He spoke indirectly about Russia’s vetoes and threats of vetoes, which have so far prevented the Security Council from taking action in the Ukraine war. In several instances, the US and UK, along with allies, have done soto the after Russia prevented the Council from even considering any action.
Russia’s Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has denied the allegations, but was left frustrated on Monday when Britain, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council, blocked his country from convening a council meeting on what he called the “fake news” from Bucha.
“I deeply regret the divisions that have prevented the Security Council from acting not only on Ukraine but also on other threats to peace and security around the world,” Guterres said on Tuesday.
Just back from a visit to Moscow to negotiate a humanitarian ceasefire, Martin Griffiths, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told diplomats that “Ukrainian civilians are paying too high a price for the war.”
“Nearly 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes, of whom more than 4.2 million are now refugees in generous neighboring countries and beyond,” Griffiths said. “Overall, more than a quarter of the Ukrainian population fled.”
“The horror intensified over the past weekend as shocking images surfaced of dead civilians, some with their hands tied, lying in the streets of Bucha,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political and peacekeeping affairs.