Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is pictured during his regular address to the nation in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
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United Nations – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver dramatic remarks to world leaders on Wednesday, hours later Russia went on to mobilize hundreds of thousands of soldiers For the months-long attack on Ukraine.
Zelensky, who hasn’t abandoned his war-weary nation since Russia’s invasion in February, will speak out after a Ukrainian retaliatory swung vast swaths of land lost early in the war. But on the second day of diplomatic choreography at the iconic United Nations General Assembly Hall in green and gold, Zelensky will be the only president to address world leaders from a screen hanging above the sprawling room.
The International Forum voted last week to allow Zelensky to offer pre-taped remarks to the annual gathering of world leaders, an exception to its requirement that all leaders speak in person. The 193-member world body approved Zelensky’s virtual remarks by a 101-7 vote, with 19 abstaining, including from China. Belarus, Cuba, Eritrea, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and Syria were the seven countries that voted against Zelensky’s request.
Zelensky will be the only leader to address the 77th United Nations General Assembly, virtually the first year the annual high-level gathering in New York City has returned in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.
A view of the 74th United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019 in New York City.
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Zelensky’s remarks come as Russia’s war enters its eighth month, and the Kremlin shows no sign of abandoning ambitions to erase Ukrainian sovereignty in order to restore the Soviet Empire.
The conflict escalated on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a referendum on Ukraine’s joining of the four occupied territories. The move is believed to have been an attempt by the Kremlin to annex additional swaths of its former Soviet neighbour. Votes can be held as soon as this weekend.
Putin also ordered about 300,000 Russian military reservists to join the fighting. Russia’s first partial mobilization since World War II follows a series of surprising Ukrainian advances in recent days.
The Ukrainian army, armed with a plethora of Western weapons, has made significant gains against the mighty Kremlin war machine.
The United States has so far provided Kyiv with a war chest worth more than $15 billion. Meanwhile, NATO allies have beefed up security across the region, taking in refugees and trained Ukrainian forces.
Zelensky is expected to demand more arms as his nation conducts an era-defining fight for democratic principles and a global order.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kharkiv region for the first time since Russia launched attacks against his country on May 29, 2022 in Kharkiv region of Ukraine on February 24. (Photo by the Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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While almost every leader who has stepped behind the stage of the famous speaker to address the international stage has condemned Russia’s ongoing attack, Zelensky is expected to publicly seek to establish that. Insist where they stand on the war.
He will call on countries like China, the world’s second largest economy, to give up their neutrality.
The United Nations estimates that Russia’s war has so far killed about 6,000 civilians and injured more than 8,600. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the death toll in Ukraine is likely to be higher.
Meanwhile, the European Commission and the World Bank Estimated to cost at least $349 billion To rebuild Ukraine after the war.