Russia’s deportation of “tens of thousands” of Ukrainian children is “clearly a genocide”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Tuesday at the UN, also denouncing the use of energy and food as a weapon.
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“We know the names of tens of thousands of children and have evidence of hundreds of thousands more kidnapped by Russia from the occupied territories of Ukraine and then deported,” he denounced.
“We’re trying to get these kids home, but time is running out. What will happen to them? In Russia, they are taught hatred of Ukraine, and all ties with their families are cut. It is clearly a genocide,” denounced the president, under the eyes of the Russian deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy, present at the Russian table.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for the “illegal deportation” of thousands of Ukrainian children since February 2022. Accusations rejected by Moscow.
In a speech that was applauded several times, the president also criticized the fact that Russia holds a nuclear arsenal.
“Terrorists have no right to possess nuclear weapons,” he insisted.
“Russia is using the price of food (…) and nuclear energy as a weapon,” he also accused.
He finally repeated his call for the organization of a “world peace summit”.
“I invite you all – all those who do not tolerate any aggression – to jointly prepare this summit,” he insisted.
Ukraine launched a dialogue on its president’s ten-point peace plan by holding meetings in June and August in Copenhagen and then in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, attended by representatives from dozens of countries.
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