Ukrainian President appeals to world leaders amid escalating Russian nuclear threats

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on world leaders to bolster their support for Ukraine — and called out those who have claimed neutrality — amid increasing Russian aggression and nuclear threats.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment,” he said during a prerecorded video message played to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people.”

Mr Zelenskyy called for “punishment for the catastrophic turbulence that Russia provoked with its illegal war, not only for us Ukrainians but for the whole world”.

He then laid out a five-step vision for peace, which included tougher penalties for Russia, and he called for additional financial and military aid to help liberate occupied territories.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy can be seen on two big screens at the front of the assembly.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the UN General Assembly Ukraine and the world want peace restored. (AP Photo: Julia Nikhinson)

“Ukraine wants peace. Europe wants peace. The world wants peace,” Mr Zelenskyy said.

“And we have seen who is the only one who wants war.”

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The speech was delivered less than 24 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation, marking the most significant escalation in the war since Russia invaded its neighbour in February.

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