Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Russian aggression in Donbass is a war in Europe

On International Day of Peace, the United States called on Russia to end the occupation of Crimea, to retreat from Donbass

Military Russian aggression is a war in Ukraine and Europe. This, speaking at the solemn meeting of the UN General Assembly on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the organization, said the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
“But the occupation of Crimea and the Russian military aggression in Donbass indicate that this lesson has not been learned. I would like to remind you that this is not only a war in Ukraine. This is a war in Europe. And this is not just an encroachment on the sovereignty of an independent state, it looks like an attempt to return to the division of spheres of influence in the world, “the leader of Ukraine said in a video message..
He stressed that he was delivering his speech with pride on behalf of Ukraine, one of the founding members of the United Nations..

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Russian aggression in Donbass is a war in Europe

“75 years ago, the founding of the UN became a symbol that humanity had to learn the tragic lesson of World War II. […] The world we live in today is as complex as it was 75 years ago. Peace and prosperity remain the values ​​for which people shed blood in different parts of our planet, ”stated the President of Ukraine.
The coronavirus pandemic, he said, “came as a shock to all countries,” and a year ago “no one could have imagined that 2020 would arrange such a powerful crash test for our world.”.
“We must use this warning sign to stop controversy and join forces for real breakthrough results. Not only to return to the goals and principles of the UN Charter, but also to begin their permanent and full implementation, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted..
“Let’s start now,” said the President of Ukraine. – There is no planet “B”, we live here and only once “.
During a September 22 meeting with the EU representative for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy raised the issue of creating a negotiating platform for the de-occupation of the Crimean Peninsula.
“For us, the key issue is to create a permanent platform on which humanitarian issues, human rights issues, the issue of Ukrainians on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, in general, the issue of returning our occupied territory are raised,” Zelensky said..
The parties paid attention to the security situation in Donbass and the implementation of the agreements reached during the Paris summit in the Normandy format.
Josep Borrell assured President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the EU continues to support Ukraine.
“The European Union is Ukraine’s largest, most powerful and reliable partner. We support Ukraine in terms of economic integration, but we also support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. I especially want to emphasize that we provide all kinds of powerful support for the reforms that are being implemented, “Borrell said..

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Russian aggression in Donbass is a war in Europe

At the UN jubilee session – about Donbass
This year, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the heads of state did not come to New York to participate in a general political discussion, but sent pre-recorded video messages.
“The General Assembly Hall is a strange sight, […] but due to the pandemic, the role of our meeting is more important today than ever”, – with these words, UN Secretary General António Guterres opened the general political discussion on Tuesday – the most significant segment of the anniversary session of the General Assembly.
The UN chief called on the international community to stop all conflicts by the end of the year and strengthen international cooperation in order to jointly confront global problems.
He also touched upon the problems of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Russian aggression in Donbass is a war in Europe

“Ukraine maintains a recently established ceasefire, but progress in addressing remaining security and policy issues within the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy Four format will be critical to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” Guterres said..
US urged Russia to end its occupation of Crimea and Donbass
As a reminder, on International Day of Peace, September 21, the United States called on Russia to end its occupation of Crimea, withdraw from Donbass and stop aggression against Ukraine..
“Ukrainians, like people around the world, want to live their lives in peace and with full recognition of their human rights. Until Russia ends the conflict that it has caused and supports in Donbass, and completely withdraws from Donbass and Crimea, Ukrainians cannot enjoy the peace they deserve, ”said US Charge d’Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvin in a video message posted on September 21 on the US Embassy Facebook page.
She noted that Russia should also release all Ukrainians illegally imprisoned for the peaceful expression of dissent..
More attention to the problem of Crimea and Donbass
Political scientist Oleg Lisny believes that the words of the President of Ukraine during the meeting of the UN General Assembly are intended to sharpen the attention of the whole world to the fact that a war with Russia has been going on in Europe for six years.

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“Even if the current government doesn’t like the word“ war ”, more stringent formulations are still needed. To make it clear that in Crimea and Donbass it is Russian aggression, not an internal conflict. The war in Donbass is a war on the territory of Ukraine and a war in Europe. This is a very important accent for the international community, for the audience at the UN, ”Oleg Lisny told the Voice of America Russian Service correspondent.
He believes that such statements can influence in a new way the formation of international policy, views in the United Nations..
“At the level of discussions so far, but there is a discussion of the possibilities for reformatting the work of the UN. In the current edition, the UN is not an effective mechanism, since such an aggressor as Russia has all the rights, like other democratic countries. Yes, the problem of the coronavirus pandemic is large-scale, but the Ukrainian position should focus more on the main problem – the protection of territorial integrity, the fight against the aggressor. The President, however, spoke out “for all the good, against all the bad” – this is a diplomatic step, but not enough for Ukraine, “Lisny emphasizes..
More facts and emphasis
Head of the Internet community “Ukraine is in the EU! Prospects and Development “, political scientist Dmitry Voronkov believes that Ukraine needs not only to talk about the problem of the occupation of Crimea or Donbass, but also to be “more specific”.
“The West needs to be informed more with facts, for example, the latest violation of the ceasefire in Donbass – the UN platform is just the place where you can talk about it. Or, when earlier Ukraine announced its official position on Belarus, and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced its position on Nord Stream 2. Perhaps, during a speech at the UN, since we are talking about security on the European continent, it would be worth mentioning Kiev’s position on this topic, which affects the energy security of not only Ukraine, but also the European Union, “Voronkov notes..
At the same time, he believes that the problem of de-occupation of Ukrainian territories is poorly accentuated in the West..
“We see absolutely insufficient attraction of the West’s attention to the problem of Russian aggression. Perhaps the rhetoric of the official Kiev is related to the fact that preparations for local elections are underway, and the leader of Ukraine, speaking at the UN session, would not want to be like the speech of Petro Poroshenko? “.
According to the political scientist, President Volodymyr Zelensky raised the topic of creating a negotiating platform for the de-occupation of Crimea during negotiations with the head of European diplomacy, but did not mention such an initiative at a meeting of the UN General Assembly..

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