Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy travelled to New York to deal with the United Countries Basic Meeting in individual for the primary time since Moscow started its full-scale invasion of his nation in February 2022.
Wearing his trademark khaki inexperienced blouse, he recommended member states to return in combination to oppose Russian aggression and wired the will for a peace recognising Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Here’s the whole textual content of Zelenskyy’s speech from September 19.
I welcome all who stand for not unusual efforts! And I promise – being in point of fact united we will ensure honest peace for all international locations. What’s extra, team spirit can save you wars.
Girls and gents, Mr Secretary Basic! Fellow leaders!
This corridor noticed many wars however no longer as energetic defender in opposition to the aggressions. In lots of circumstances, the worry of warfare, the overall warfare, was once the loudest right here – the warfare and then no person would accumulate within the Basic Meeting Corridor once more.
The 3rd International Conflict was once noticed as a nuclear warfare. A battle between states at the freeway to nukes. Different wars gave the impression much less frightening in comparison to a danger of the so-called “nice powers” firing their nuclear stockpiles.
So, the twentieth century taught the arena to restrain from using the guns of mass destruction – to not deploy, to not proliferate, to not threaten with, and to not take a look at, however to advertise a whole nuclear disarmament.
Frankly, it is a just right technique.
However it must no longer be the one technique to offer protection to the arena from this ultimate warfare.
Ukraine gave up its third-largest nuclear arsenal. The arena then made up our minds Russia must change into a keeper of such chronic. But, historical past presentations it was once Russia who deserved nuclear disarmament essentially the most, again in Nineteen Nineties. And Russia merits it now – terrorists don’t have any proper to carry nuclear guns.
However actually no longer the nukes are the scariest now.
Whilst nukes stay in position, the mass destruction is gaining its momentum. The aggressor is weaponising many different issues and the ones issues are used no longer simplest in opposition to our nation however in opposition to all of yours as neatly.
There are lots of conventions that prohibit guns however there are not any actual restrictions on weaponisation.
First, let me provide you with an instance – the meals.
For the reason that get started of the full-scale warfare, the Ukrainian ports within the Black and Azov Seas were blocked via Russia. Till now, our ports at the Danube River stay the objective for missiles and drones. And this can be a transparent Russia’s try to weaponise the meals scarcity at the world marketplace in alternate for popularity for some, if no longer all, of the captured territories.
Russia is launching the meals costs as guns. The affect spans from the Atlantic coast of Africa to the Southeast Asia. That is the danger scale.
I want to thank the ones leaders who supported our Black Sea Grain Initiative, and program “Grain from Ukraine”. United, we made guns flip again into meals once more. Greater than 45 international locations noticed how essential it’s to make Ukrainian meals merchandise to be had in the marketplace… from Algeria and Spain to Indonesia and China.
Even now when Russia has undermined the Black Sea Grain Initiative, we’re running to make sure meals balance. And I am hoping that a lot of you’re going to sign up for us in those efforts.
We introduced a short lived sea export hall from our ports. And we’re running arduous to keep the land routes for grain exports. And it’s alarming to peer how some in Europe play out harmony in a political theatre – making mystery from the grain. They will appear to play their very own function however actually, they’re serving to set the degree to a Moscow actor.
2nd, weaponisation of power.
Again and again, the arena has witnessed Russia the use of power as a weapon. Kremlin weaponised oil and gasoline to weaken the leaders of alternative international locations.
Now the danger is even larger.
Russia is weaponising nuclear power. Now not simplest it’s spreading its unreliable nuclear-power-plant-construction-technologies, however additionally it is turning different international locations’ chronic crops into actual grimy bombs.
Glance what Russia did to our Zaporizhzhia chronic plant – shelled it, occupied it and now blackmails others with radiation leaks.
Is there any sense to scale back nuclear guns when Russia is weaponising nuclear chronic crops? Frightening query.
The worldwide safety structure provides no reaction or coverage in opposition to any such treacherous radiation danger… And there is not any responsibility for radiation blackmailers to this point.
The 0.33 instance is kids.
Sadly, more than a few terrorist teams abduct kids to position force on their households and societies. However by no means sooner than the mass kidnapping and deportation would change into part of the federal government coverage. Now not till now.
We all know the names of tens of hundreds of kids and feature proof on masses of hundreds of others abducted via Russia within the occupied territories of Ukraine and later deported. The World Felony Courtroom issued arrest warrant for Putin for this crime.
We’re looking to get kids again house however time is going via. What’s going to occur to them? The ones kids in Russia are taught to hate Ukraine, and all ties with their households are damaged… That is obviously a genocide.
When hatred is weaponised in opposition to one country, it by no means stops there.
Every decade Russia begins a brand new warfare. Portions of Moldova and Georgia stay occupied. Russia grew to become Syria into ruins. And if no longer Russia, the chemical guns would have by no means been used there in Syria. Russia has virtually swallowed Belarus. It’s clearly threatening Kazakhstan and the Baltic states… And the function of the current warfare in opposition to Ukraine is to show our land, our other people, our sources right into a weapon in opposition to you – in opposition to the global rules-based order.
Many seats within the Basic Meeting Corridor might change into empty if Russia succeeds with its treachery and aggression.
Girls and gents!
The aggressor scatters dying and brings ruins even with out nukes however the results are alike.
We see cities and villages in Ukraine burnt up via Russian artillery. Levelled to the bottom totally! We see the warfare of drones.
We all know the conceivable results of spreading the warfare into the our on-line world. The factitious intelligence might be educated to struggle neatly – sooner than it might discover ways to lend a hand the humanity. Thank God, other people have no longer but realized to make use of local weather as a weapon. Even supposing humanity is failing on its local weather coverage targets – because of this excessive climate will nonetheless affect the standard world lifestyles and a few evil state will even weaponise its results.
And when other people within the streets of New York and different towns of the arena went out on local weather protest – all of us have noticed them… And when other people in Morocco and Libya and different international locations die because of herbal screw ups… And when islands and international locations disappear underneath water… And when tornados and deserts are spreading into new territories… And when all of this is going on, one unnatural crisis in Moscow made up our minds to release a large warfare and kill tens of hundreds of other people.
We will have to act united – to defeat the aggressor and center of attention all our features and effort on addressing those demanding situations.
As nukes are restrained, likewise the aggressor will have to be restrained and all its gear and strategies of warfare. Every warfare now can change into ultimate, however it takes our team spirit to be sure that aggression will NOT damage in once more.
And it’s not a discussion between the so-called “nice powers” someplace in the back of the closed doorways that may ensure us all of the new no-wars-era, however open paintings of all international locations for peace.
Final 12 months, I introduced the outlines of the Ukrainian peace system on the UN Basic Meeting. Later in Indonesia, I introduced the complete System. And during the last 12 months, the Peace System changed into the root to replace the present safety structure – now we will carry again to lifestyles the UN Constitution and ensure the whole chronic of the rules-based global order.
The next day to come, I will be able to provide the main points at a different assembly of the UN Safety Council.
The principle factor is that it’s not simplest about Ukraine. Greater than 140 states and global organisations have supported the Ukrainian Peace System absolutely or partly. The Ukrainian Peace System is changing into world. Its issues be offering answers and steps that can forestall all kinds of weaponisation that Russia used in opposition to Ukraine and different international locations and is also utilized by different aggressors.
Glance – for the primary time in fashionable historical past, we have now the danger to finish the aggression at the phrases of the country which was once attacked. This can be a actual probability for each country – to be sure that aggression in opposition to your state, if it occurs, God forbid, will finish no longer as a result of your land might be divided and you’re going to be pressured to publish to army or political force, however as a result of your territory and sovereignty might be absolutely restored.
We introduced the structure of conferences between nationwide safety advisers and diplomatic representatives. Necessary talks and consultations have been held in Hiroshima, in Copenhagen, and in Jeddah at the implementation of the Peace System. And we’re getting ready a World Peace Summit. I invite all of you – all of you who don’t tolerate any aggression – to collectively get ready the Summit.
I’m acutely aware of the makes an attempt to make some shady dealings in the back of the scenes. Evil can’t be depended on – ask Prigozhin [the former head of the mercenary Wagner group] if one bets on Putin’s guarantees.
Please, pay attention me.
Let team spirit come to a decision the entirety brazenly.
Whilst Russia is pushing the arena to the overall warfare, Ukraine is doing the entirety to be sure that after Russian aggression, no person on the planet will dare to assault any country. Weaponisation will have to be restrained. Conflict crimes will have to be punished. Deported other people will have to come again house. And the occupier will have to go back to their very own land.
We will have to be united to make it.
Слава Україні! [Translation: Glory to Ukraine!]