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Volodymyr Zelensky ratchets up criticism of international security apparatus

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Volodymyr Zelensky has intensified his call for the international security system to be overhauled as new evidence emerged of alleged crimes by Russian forces in areas that were recently recaptured by Ukrainian troops.

The Ukrainian president intensified his criticism of the global community in a late-night video address after lambasting the UN for failing to prevent Russia’s invasion of the country in a speech to the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

Ukrainian forces have largely managed to repel Russia’s onslaught in many parts of the country, including around the capital Kyiv after more than a month of fighting.

But the retreat of Russian troops has revealed a trail of destruction and growing evidence of civilian killings and war crimes in Irpin, Bucha and Borodyanka, areas near the capital that were under Russian occupation until last week. Russia has denied the allegations.

The EU and US are preparing a package of additional sanctions on Moscow following reports of the atrocities. EU member states on Wednesday will discuss a ban on coal imports into the bloc and Washington is planning to bar new investment into Russia and tougher restrictions on the country’s financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and government officials.

European governments, including Italy and Spain, expelled 90 Russian diplomats on Tuesday, after similar moves by Germany, Poland and Slovakia in recent days. It was also revealed the Czech Republic had sent tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, to bolster its defences as Russia refocuses its military offensive on the south and east of the country.

Zelensky has called for Russia’s leaders to be “brought to justice” and sharply criticised the UN Security Council, of which Russia is permanent member with the power to veto any decision.

“The UN Security Council exists and security in the world doesn’t,” he said in a video address on Tuesday. The president added that the UN “was unable to carry out the…

2022-04-06 02:39:07

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