Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky received a standing ovation from United Nations diplomats after a virtual speech in which he outlined a five-point “peace formula.”
Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska could be seen smiling as United Nations General Assembly delegates warmly applauded her husband after his address on Wednesday night.
In his address to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Zelensky spoke against Russia’s unprovoked invasion of his country, which is now in its seventh month.
Zelenski told the UN General Assembly that his country is “ready for peace” and added that his plan sets “preconditions for peace” and that it can work for “all those who may find themselves in similar circumstances.”
He told diplomats that his plan included “punishment for aggression, protection of life, restoration of security and territorial integrity, security guarantees and determination to defend.”
Zelensky, who appeared in his trademark olive green T-shirt, also said in his speech that Ukraine would eventually expel all Russian troops from its borders.
“We can return the Ukrainian flag to our entire territory. We can do it with the power of arms,” said the president. “But we need time.”
The UN General Assembly voted last week to hold the speech via video link due to the continued conflict in the country.
Zelensky’s speech came after Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the “partial mobilization” of 300,000 reservists to fight in severely depleted Russian forces in Ukraine.
It is the first call of its kind in Russia since World War II and has met with some level of opposition in the country.
Russia’s independent human rights group OVD-Info says more than 1,000 protesters have been arrested since Putin’s announcement.
US President Joe Biden also focused on Russian aggression in Ukraine in his speech on Wednesday.
“This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe in, it should make your blood run cold,” Biden said.
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequence, then we risk everything this institution stands for.” Everything.”