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Zelensky calls Putin a terrorist, urges UN to expel Russia from General Assembly

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian leader Putin of turning “terrorist” two days after Russian missiles destroyed a shopping mall with more than 1,000 people in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, killing at least 18 people. For more than four months, Russia and Ukraine have been at war. Millions of people were displaced or forced to leave the country as a result of a previous war with thousands of lives.

In a video message to the UN Security Council, Zelensky spoke mainly about the Baltic republics, Poland, Moldova and Kazakhstan while saying that the Kremlin must “face the arm of the law” to prevent “bringing terrorist acts” to others. European and Asian countries.

“We must take immediate action and do everything in our power to prevent Russia from ending this genocide,” Zelensky said.

After Russian troops refused to identify the mall on Monday, he suggested that the UN send a representative to Ukraine so that officials could confirm independently that the deadly attack on the Kremenchuk shopping center “was, in fact, a Russian missile.”

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According to Zelensky, Russia’s president has become a terrorist. “Terrorists attack every day, seven days a week. They act like terrorists every day.”

Zelensky quoted Article 6 of the UN Charter, which states that a member “who repeatedly violates the principles contained in the current Charter may be expelled from the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council.”

That will not happen because Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and has veto powers.

A resolution calling for a General Assembly meeting as soon as any of the five members of the Security Council exercised their authority to challenge the resolution was adopted by the UN in April.

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