ANKARA (AA) – Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Wednesday for the “just punishment” of Russia for its war against his country.
In a recorded address to the UN General Assembly, Zelenskyy said a crime has been committed against Ukraine and “we demand just punishment.”
“A special tribunal should be created to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against our state,” he said. “This will serve as a signal to all would-be aggressors that they must value peace or be brought to responsibility by the world,” he added.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine will appeal to the UN General Assembly to support an “international compensation mechanism.”
Zelenskyy called for the isolation of Russia from international organizations and for Russia to be stripped of its veto right at the UN Security Council and reiterated his call for recognizing it as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
In response to Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization of reservists in Russia and annexation referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, Zelenskyy said “they talk about the (peace) talks but announce a military mobilization. They talk about the talks but announce pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine.”
Russia wants to spend the winter in territories of occupied Ukraine to prepare for new offensives, he added.