Ukrainian President Zelenskyy lays out ‘peace formula’ to end war in country, but says ‘Russia wants war’
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Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky presented a “peace formula” on Wednesday that includes “only punishment” for Russian President Vladimir Putin and those responsible for crimes against Ukraine.
Zelensky’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday came after Putin said the Russian military would recruit civilian reservists and pose a nuclear threat to the West.
The Ukrainian president said his peace formula for ending the war “punishes crime, protects life, restores security and territorial integrity, guarantees security, and provides commitment.”
Zelenskiy laid out these preconditions for peace in Ukraine.
Putin warns West: Nuclear threat ‘not a bluff’
- “punishment for aggression”
- “Safety of Life”
- “Restoration of Security and Territorial Integrity”
- “Security Guarantees”
- “Commitment to self-defense”
Zelensky said “neutrality” was not part of the formula and said Russia “wants war.”
“Those who speak of neutrality when human values and peace are under attack mean something else,” Zielinski said.
Part of the peace formula includes punishment for Russia’s aggression.
“Punishment for the crime of aggression. Punishment for violation of borders and territorial integrity. Punishment should be applied until the internationally recognized border is restored,” Zielinski said.
His speech received a standing ovation from many delegates present at the United Nations General Assembly.
Ukraine’s top military has called for volunteers in southern Ukraine as forces try to retake Kherson.
The speech came shortly after Putin warned the West on Wednesday that Russia’s nuclear threats were “not a hoax”. He accused the West of using “nuclear blackmail”, although no NATO countries have made nuclear threats.
To those who allow themselves such statements about Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has different means of destruction, and for separate components and more advanced than them. NATO countries, And when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said. “This is no deception.”
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Russia also announced a partial mobilization of its military, calling up reservist civilian recruits.
Putin says that Conscription is needed “to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the safety of our people and the people in the liberated territories.”
Anders Hagstrom of Reuters and Fox News contributed to this report.