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Trolled the Russian Federation, spoke about its crimes against Ukraine, scolded the UN: Zelenskyy's speech at the General Assembly

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech at the UN on September 22, 2021. Photo: OP

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech at the UN on September 22, 2021. Photo: OP

During his speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke about the crimes of the Russian Federation in Donbas and in occupied Crimea, criticized the activities of the United Nations, recalled the attack on his First Assistant Serhiy Shefir and hinted to "someone" that it's about time they left the territory of Ukraine.

"Retired superhero"

During his speech, the Head of State called the UN "a retired superhero who forgot what he could do before" and recalled how many achievements the organization had managed to achieve during its existence. He also highlighted the painful issue of vaccine distribution in a world where "we are all in the same boat, but first class passengers will be the first to get lifeboats."

"Ukraine did not expect help from others and helped others without waiting for gratitude. We sent our doctors to Italy, sent the necessary funds, Ukraine helped everyone who needed it, when the world forgot that the pandemic is by no means forever and the states will gather here again someday, but how will they now look each other in the eyes."

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine

Zelenskyy noted that no one ever could have imagined that "someday medications will become an instrument of discrimination."

Russia’s crimes against Ukraine

During his speech, the President drew the attention of the world community to the policy pursued by the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories. He recalled the massive issuance of Russian passports in ORDLO (the temporarily uncontrolled territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions) and the coercion of the population to participate in the elections for the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

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«Issuing hundreds of thousands of another state’s passports to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. What is this if not proof of an international crime? What is this if not a proof of impunity and disrespect for international law? Moreover, Russia itself officially declares this and forces our citizens to participate in the elections for the Russian parliament.»

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine

According to Zelenskyy, Russia has turned Crimea into its military base. The Head of State expressed hope for international support in the release of the Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Nariman Dzhelyalov, as well as Ukrainians imprisoned in the occupied territories and in the Russian Federation.

"Trolling" the RF

During his speech, Zelenskyy advised "some people" not to leave the hall when aggression and occupation were discussed there, and in return it would be better "to leave the territory of Ukraine pointedly". He did not use the word "Russia" directly, but from the context it was clear who exactly he was talking about.

"I am grateful to all the states that this year remembered Ukraine in their speeches, this is where it is very important, and many others who do not hesitate calling Ukraine their friend and partner, who can call a spade a spade: call an occupation an occupation, and call an aggression an aggression. Without being afraid that someone will leave this hall pointedly. There is no need to do this, this is a platform for dialogue. This will definitely not make Ukraine happy. Ukraine could become happy if someone pointedly left our state territories, our state borders."

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine

The attack on Shefir is the price of reforms in Ukraine

During his speech, Zelenskyy recalled the attack on his First Assistant Serhiy Shefir that had happened the day before. The Head of State called this incident "the price of changes in the state, the price of reforms."

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