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Ukrainian President: “The global security architecture is not working”

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Status: 04/08/2022 08:03

After nearly six months of war in his own country, Ukrainian President Zelenskyj is questioning the global security architecture as a whole. He accused Russia of pretending to be willing to negotiate and criticized former Chancellor Schröder.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj placed the war in Ukraine within a series of international conflicts and criticized the global security architecture as globally inadequate. There are currently headlines about the conflicts in the Balkans, around Taiwan and the Caucasus, which is a factor. “The overall security architecture didn’t work.”

In his daily video address, Zelenskyy again accused Russia of violating international law with its war of aggression. The problem is that the world has long let Russia get away with these violations – whether it’s the annexation of Crimea or the downing of the Boeing over Donbass. The war in Ukraine shows how fragile freedom is. It can only “be protected through collective action, and for this to work in the long term, there needs to be an effective global security architecture that ensures that no state can ever again use terror against another state.”

United States: Russia wants to fabricate evidence on Olenivka

In this context, Zelenskyy referred to the explosion in a prison camp in Olenivka, eastern Ukraine, in which, according to the Russian side, more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 others injured last week. last.

Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of deliberately destroying parts of the penal camp to cover up atrocities. Ukrainians captured after the fall of the port city of Mariupol were held there.

China should call on Russia to end the war

In his speech, Zelenskyj also accused Russia of only pretending to be willing to negotiate. Zelensky said that if Russia was really interested in a peaceful solution to the conflict, it would not accumulate more reserves in southern Ukraine.

According to a Chinese newspaper article, Zelenskyy called on Chinese leaders to use their political and economic influence over Russia to end the war. “It’s a very powerful state. China has a powerful economy… So it can influence Russia politically and economically. China is also a permanent member of the UN Security Council,” Zelenskyy said quoting the South China Morning Post. He is looking for an opportunity to speak directly to Chinese leader Xi Jingping.

Schröder’s review: “It’s just disgusting”

Selenskyj harshly criticized former chancellor Gerhard Schröder without naming his name: “It’s just disgusting when former leaders of powerful countries with European values ​​work for Russia, which fights against those values.”

After his trip to Moscow, Schröder presented Russia as willing to negotiate. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also criticized him for this: “There is nothing more cynical than the claims of Putin’s supporters that Russia is ready to negotiate.” The daily shelling of Ukrainian territory says otherwise, he said. “Russia remains focused on the war – everything else is just a puff of smoke,” Kuleba added.

Outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk told ZDF: He sees no sign that Putin is ready to negotiate. “The first sign would be that Putin stops shooting civilians and bombing cities, at least now. That would be a better message than what we just heard from Mr. Schröder.”

Fight with undiminished toughness

Kyiv doubts Russia’s willingness to negotiate as Russia continues its attacks relentlessly. Heavy fighting continues in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian army announced that its own troops were able to repel more than a dozen attacks. In the Kharkiv region to the northeast, the Russians fired on a dozen towns. Eight communities were also shot near the city of Kramatorsk in central Ukraine.

the parties in conflict as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.


Source www.tagesschau.de

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