Zelenskyy’s Speech Before the UN General Assembly

by Olha Povaliaieva
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Zelenskyy’s Speech Before the UN General Assembly

On September 21, Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the UN and named 5 components of the "Peace Formula"

On the night of September 21 (Kyiv time), the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy took part online in the 77th UN General Assembly. During his speech, the president named a 5-component Peace Formula that would definitely work both with Ukraine and with another country that was subjected to unprovoked aggression from another state.

"I propose a formula that will help achieve peace. It can work not only with Ukraine but also with other countries that may find themselves in the same situation as ours. There are 5 preconditions for peace," Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The 1st point is punishment for the crime and isolation.

"Punishment that must be in effect until the internationally recognized border is restored. Until the aggression stops. And until there is full compensation for the war," Zelenskyy.

Russia, as a permanent representative to the UN, should be stripped of its veto power.

"We need to apply a full set of personal restrictions against propagandists. And citizens of the Russian Federation should be banned from tourist trips. They must understand that they need to fight aggression at home. This is a punishment for aiding evil," president Zelenskyy.

Creation of a court and development of a specialized mechanism for reparations.

"Russia must pay for this war with its assets. It is also a punishment. This is one of the worst punishments for Russian officials who value money the most," Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"We cannot agree to a postponed war," the president concluded.

Peace component number 2 is the protection of life.

"We must protect life. The world must protect life. Every state against which armed aggression is directed needs the ability to protect its citizens and liberate its territory," Zelensky said. Here he emphasized that a country that defends itself must be provided with everything: weapons, finances and intelligence data.

The 3rd component of the Peace Formula is the return of security and territorial indivisibility.

"Look how many elements of global security Russia has undermined with its war. Maritime security, food security, radiation security, energy security and security against weapons of mass destruction."

The president focused on the need to limit the price of Russian energy resources and "finally" recognize Russia as a state sponsoring terrorism internationally.

The 4th component is security guarantees.

"I do not want to compare our proposals with the guarantees of any existing alliances on the planet now. I want to emphasize that it is always more profitable to preemptively ensure a nation's security than to stop the war against it after the fact."

Ukraine already has developed proposals for security guarantees, and each international partner will receive them along with the draft Peace Formula.

Point 5 is unique. This is the courage, strength and determination of the people. Now it is the determination of the Ukrainians.

"This is our determination to fight. This is the determination of partners to help us and, therefore themselves. And this is the determination of the world to unite around those who are fighting against armed aggression. The determination of the world to put in place one who threatens everyone," Volodymyr Zelenskyy summed up.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!

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