Zelensky at the UN: “Russia is pushing the world towards the final war”

The intervention of the president of Ukraine: “Moscow guilty of genocide, uses food shortages as a weapon and turns nuclear power plants into dirty bombs”

Russia is committing ‘genocide’ and ‘pushing the world towards the final war’. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at the UN General Assembly today, 19 September 2023. The leader of Kiev speaks in the Glass Palace with a speech obviously dedicated to the conflict that began over 18 months ago.

“We know the names of tens of thousands of children and we have evidence of hundreds of others kidnapped by Russia in the occupied territories and then deported”, says Zelensky, recalling that “the international criminal court has issued arrest orders for these crimes”.

“We are trying to bring these children home, but time passes and what will happen to them?” he adds, explaining that these children deported to Russia will be taught to hate Ukraine and all their ties to their families will be broken . “This is clearly genocide”.


For Zelensky, “Russia’s attempt to use the lack of food on the global market to obtain recognition of some, if not all, of the occupied territories in exchange is clear.” The Ukrainian president accuses Russia of using not only weapons in its war of aggression, but of “turning many other things into weapons”, such as food and energy. “Russia is using food prices as a weapon,” he says, stating that Ukraine, after the blocking of the grain deal, is working to establish other routes and corridors, including land ones, to export its food products. “Support our initiatives”, adds Zelensky, addressing the audience.

Nuclear chapter: “Russia is using nuclear energy as a weapon. Not only is it spreading its unreliable technologies for building nuclear power plants, but it is also turning other countries’ nuclear plants into dirty bombs,” he says, in reference to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.


“We must act united to defeat the aggressor, we must concentrate our capabilities and energy to face these challenges”, says the Ukrainian president, who in his speech refers to a global summit for peace, without however indicating precise dates. “As Russia pushes the world towards the final war, Ukraine is doing everything it can to ensure that, after Russian aggression, no one in the world dares attack another nation.”