Zelensky Denounces ‘Absurd’ U.N. Safety Council Presidency for Russia

Ukraine’s chief has responded furiously to Russia’s monthlong presidency of the United Nations Safety Council, saying it was “clearly absurd and damaging” that the publish ought to cross to Moscow whereas it continued its invasion.

Russia is scheduled on Monday to preside over a Safety Council assembly for the primary time because it started the full-scale struggle in Ukraine nearly 14 months in the past. The Safety Council goals to take care of worldwide peace and safety, and the function of the presidency is a largely ceremonial one, taken for a month at a time in alphabetical order by every of the council’s 15 members.

It has come to Moscow weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin was accused of struggle crimes by the Worldwide Legal Court docket. The state of affairs is a reminder that Ukraine and its allies, most notably the US and Europe, haven’t at all times been profitable in isolating Russia economically and politically to punish the Kremlin for the struggle.

“Yesterday, the Russian military killed one other Ukrainian youngster — a 5-month-old boy named Danylo,” President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine mentioned in his nightly tackle on Saturday. “And on the similar time, Russia chairs the U.N. Safety Council. It’s arduous to think about one thing evident that proves the whole chapter of such establishments.”

Hours after his speech, Russian forces shelled the japanese Ukrainian village of Kostyantynivka. Three individuals have been killed and 6 wounded within the Sunday morning assault, in accordance with Andriy Yermak, a high adviser to Mr. Zelensky.

The final time Russia held the presidency, President Vladimir V. Putin declared the beginning of the “particular army operation,” the time period utilized by the Kremlin to explain its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. His announcement got here because the Safety Council was holding an emergency assembly within the hopes of stopping an invasion.

Three of the Safety Council’s 15 present members — China, India and the United Arab Emirates — have averted overtly blaming Russia for the struggle, as a substitute calling for each side to stop hostilities. Ukraine will not be a present member, however Mr. Zelensky implored these nations to alter tack.

“It will be important when the states which might be impartial within the military-political sense however take a transparent ethical place in the direction of Russian terror, in the direction of Russia’s destruction of the worldwide order based mostly on guidelines,” Mr. Zelensky mentioned.

Western officers have mentioned that there isn’t a authorized path for eradicating Russia from its everlasting seat on the Safety Council, which arrange Moscow’s presidency for the month of April. Whereas Russia won’t maintain elevated affect throughout its time period within the presidency, it is going to handle the agenda for conferences.

Ukrainian officers say greater than 450 youngsters are among the many 1000’s of civilians who’ve been killed within the struggle and nearly twice as many wounded. Additionally they accuse Russia of forcibly shifting nearly 20,000 Ukrainian youngsters to its territory.

Final week, Ukraine’s allies introduced that they might process the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe, an intergovernmental group, to formally examine the widespread reviews of compelled youngster deportations, which additionally fashioned a key a part of the Worldwide Legal Court docket’s accusations in opposition to Russia.

“This crime dedicated by Russia is among the most cynical and anti-human crimes of our time,” Mr. Zelensky mentioned.

The child invoked by Mr. Zelensky died in a Russian assault on Avdiivka, a city in Ukraine’s east that has just lately been subjected to elevated bombardment. Russian troops have been engaged in a weekslong offensive throughout a broad entrance in japanese Ukraine. On Saturday, they continued their assaults, focusing on areas round Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka, in accordance with Ukrainian officers.

In Avdiivka and Druzhkivka, one other city within the japanese Donetsk area, Russia fired ballistic missiles at civilian targets, the Basic Employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine mentioned in its morning replace early Sunday. It mentioned the assaults prompted civilian casualties. The reviews couldn’t be independently confirmed.

“Having no desired outcomes on the battlefield, the enemy continues to cynically wage struggle in opposition to civilians,” the Ukrainian replace mentioned.