Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the United Nations to visit the site of a rocket attack on a shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk as he addressed the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
Speaking via video from Kiev and wearing a signature olive green shirt, the Ukrainian leader also called on members of the Council – including Russia – to hold a minute of silence for those who have died in the war so far.
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“I suggest that the United Nations send a Special Representative, or the Secretary-General of the United Nations… so that the UN can independently retrieve information and see that this was indeed a Russian missile strike,” Zelenskyy said of the attack. Monday. in which at least 18 people were killed.
And he asked the UN to legally define the term “terrorist state”, arguing that the invasion of Moscow on February 24 demonstrates “the urgent need to enshrine it, literally, at the level of the United Nations and eliminate any terrorist state.” to punish.”
Zelenskyy spoke after Monday’s rocket attack caused a fire in the busy shopping center in Kremenchuk.
In addition to the 18 confirmed deaths, dozens have been injured and many are still missing, authorities said.
The Russian military claimed on Tuesday that it hit a nearby weapons depot with the explosion that started the fire at the mall, which Moscow said was “not operational” at the time.
But residents have denied that claim, telling AFP they knew no weapons were stored in the area.
Before Zelenskyy spoke, UN Undersecretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that the UN has now registered more than 10,600 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including 4,731 dead. She said the actual toll was “considerably higher”.
Zelenskyy last addressed the Security Council on April 5.
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