Two days after Russian missiles demolished a shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk with more than 1,000 people inside, killing at least 18, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of becoming a “terrorist.”
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has lasted for more than four months. Thousands of people have died in the war, which has caused millions of people to be displaced or forced to leave the nation.
Zelensky specifically cited the Baltic republics, Poland, Moldova, and Kazakhstan in a video message to the UN Security Council. He also said that the Kremlin must be “brought to justice” to stop “it from spreading terrorist activity” to other European and Asian countries.
We must take immediate action to end Russia’s killing rampage, according to Zelensky.
He proposed the UN send a representative to Ukraine so officials could independently certify that the deadly attack on the Kremenchuk retail complex “in fact was a Russian missile strike” after Russia’s military denied targeting the mall on Monday.
Zelensky claims that the Russian president has transformed into a terrorist. Seven days a week, there are terrorist attacks. They are terrorists at work.
Zelensky referenced Article 6 of the UN Charter, which provides that the General Assembly may expel a member from the organization “upon the proposal of the Security Council” if they have “persistently disregarded the principles embodied in the present Charter.”
Due to its veto power and status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, that is unlikely to happen.
The UN overwhelmingly approved a clause in April that would convene a General Assembly meeting right away if any of the Security Council’s five veto-wielding members exercised their power to block a resolution.