Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has demanded “just punishment” for Russia’s crimes against his country.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly by video, Zelenskyy laid out a five-point plan to establish peace in the seven-month conflict.
Non-negotiable conditions include sanctions on Russia’s aggression, restoration of Ukraine’s security, territorial integrity and security guarantees.
Talking about the punishment he wants for Russia, he said: “Punishment for aggression.
“Penalties for violating borders and territorial integrity.
“Sanction must be put in place until internationally recognized borders are restored.”
He added that Ukraine would not adopt neutrality, saying: “People who talk about neutrality, when human values and peace are attacked, mean something else.”
Zelenskyy said no other peace proposals would be accepted, adding: “The further the Russian terrorists reach out, the less likely it is that anyone in the world will agree to sit at the table with them.” .
His words came after Vladimir Putin announced plans to mobilize up to 300,000 Russian reservists for the war, the first such call since the Second World War.
Mr. Zelenskyy said that this shows that Mr. Putin is not serious about negotiating to end the conflict, while in Russia the news has raised eyebrows. widespread anti-war demonstrations and a scramble for flights out of the country.
Mr Putin also made a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons, adding that his words were “not a bluff”.
The Russian leader accused the West of “nuclear blackmail”, adding that “high-level representatives of NATO’s leading countries” spoke about the use of weapons of mass destruction against Russia.
Our President Joe Biden says nuclear threat is “reckless” and “irresponsible”added: “A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be waged.
“This war is aimed at stamping out Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.
“Wherever you are, where you live, whatever you believe, it will make your… your blood cold.”
Russia’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to comments, the latest in a series of criticisms of the country’s February invasion of Ukraine.
However, as a permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council, Russia was able to veto demands to stop attacking Ukraine in the early days of the war.