Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented a five-point “formula for peace” between himself and the invasion of Russia during the United Nations General Assembly debate on Wednesday, describing the first step as “punishment.”
Zelenskyy addressed the forum from Kyiv, a move the assembly voted in favor of by 101 members to seven. Zelenskyy named and shamed the seven – the communist nations of Belarus, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Nicaragua, as well as Russia and the Syria of Russian deputy Bashar al-Assad – and accused them of fearing his words.
Ukraine is currently locked in a nearly nine-year war with Russia that began with the invasion and colonization of Ukraine’s Crimea region and the start of the ongoing conflict in the Donbass region, where pro-Russian separatists are pushing for the creation of two “sovereign states”. In February, Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced that he would recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” in Donbass as countries and, at their request, would send Russian forces into Ukraine to “denazify” Zelenskyi’s government. Zelenskyy, who was elected a “pro-Russian” candidate in free and fair elections in 2019, has expressed insult at being branded a Nazi and highlighted his Jewish heritage.
Putin’s efforts in Ukraine have stalled since the bombing of the greater Kyiv area in the first half of the year. Ukrainian forces have recently claimed to have recaptured several southern communities. Putin on Wednesday announced a partial military mobilization, including conscription, to reverse what outside observers say is a significant decline in Russia’s field success in the war.
Zelensky discussed the war before the General Assembly through the lens of a five-point plan that he believed could be universally applied to any conflict to achieve peace. Before revealing the plan, he insisted to those urging Ukraine and Russia for talks that the time for diplomacy was up and that talks had indeed been attempted but failed.
“We held 88 rounds of talks in various formats to prevent this war, just from the beginning of my presidency until February 24 this year,” he recalled.
Zelensky claimed his peace plan would necessarily require major reform of the United Nations, and later questioned the logic of permanent Security Council seats for rogue states like Russia and the toothlessness of UN agencies.
“I’m going to present a formula that can work not only for us, but for anyone in circumstances similar to ours,” he said. “It is a formula that punishes crime, protects life, restores security and territorial integrity, guarantees safety and offers resolve. There are five prerequisites for peace.”
Punishment, he found, was the first step in his plan to end wars.
Zelenskyy called for universal sanctions against Russia, from banning Russian tourists from entering free states to banning Russia’s participation in international forums such as the Security Council, including trade sanctions impoverishing Russia’s economy.
“Blocking trade and relations with the aggressor is part of the peace formula. All of this is punishment. As long as the aggressor is involved in decision-making in the international organizations, he must be isolated from them – at least until the aggression continues,” Zelenskyy argued. “Reject the right to vote. Revoke delegation rights. Remove the veto – if it is a member of the UN Security Council.”
“Citizens of the aggressor state should not be allowed to enjoy tourism or shopping on the territory of those who value peace, but should be encouraged through visa restrictions to fight against their own state’s aggression,” he continued. “Punishment for aiding and abetting evil. A special tribunal should be created to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against our state. This will send a signal to all ‘would-be’ aggressors that they must value peace or be held accountable by the world.”
Zelenskyi’s other four elements of peace—protecting life, “restoring security and territorial integrity,” “security guarantees,” and “determination”—offered less specific courses of action for other nations. Zelenskyy encouraged other states to list Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism for his war and to seek military treaties with Ukraine that would prevent Russia from taking further action – although he did not name NATO membership as a specific aspiration.
Zelenskyy concluded by condemning not only Russia’s allies, but also countries that chose not to support either side.
“Whoever speaks of neutrality when human values and peace are under attack means something else. They speak of indifference – each for himself,” said the Ukrainian president. “Here’s what they say. They pretend to be interested in each other’s problems. They genuinely care about each other. They’re just sympathizing for the record. And so they pretend to protect someone, but in reality they are only protecting their personal interests.”
“It creates the conditions for war. This must be corrected in order to create conditions for peace,” he concluded.
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