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Zelenskiy Calls Russian UN Security Council Presidency "Absurd"

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls Russian UN Security Council Presidency "Absurd". The remarks come as tensions between the two countries remain high over the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Hajra Shannon
Apr 03, 2023247 Shares24710 Views
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls Russian UN Security Council Presidency "Absurd". The remarks come as tensions between the two countries remain high over the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Background

Russia, whose commander is accused of war crimes, took over the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, infuriating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who called the decision stupid and counterproductive.
Russia last held the rotating leadership of the organization tasked with maintaining peace and opposing acts of international aggression in February 2022, when Moscow soldiers started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Russia's presidency of the Security Council in March 2023 was met with concern by many countries, including Ukraine. The country has been locked in a conflict with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern Donbass region since 2014, and the conflict shows no signs of abating.
Many in Ukraine see Russia's presidency of the Security Council as an attempt to legitimize its actions in the region and to further its geopolitical goals.

Zelenskiy's Remarks

In a statement released on April 1, Zelenskiy condemned Russia's presidency of the Security Council, calling it "an absurd situation."
Unfortunately, we ... have some obviously absurd and destructive news.- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
And at the same time Russia is chairing the U.N. Security Council. It's hard to imagine anything that proves more the total bankruptcy of such institutions.- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Russia has no right to chair the Security Council while it continues to violate international law and to act aggressively towards its neighbors.- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
The comments were seen as a direct rebuke to Russia and a signal that Ukraine would not be silent in the face of what it sees as Russian aggression.

Ukraine furious over Russian UN Security Council presidency

Russia's Reaction

Russia has not yet responded to Zelenskiy's comments, but it is likely that they will be seen as further evidence of the deteriorating relationship between the two countries.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 13,000 lives and has displaced more than 1.5 million people. It remains a major source of tension between Russia and Ukraine, with no clear solution in sight.

What's Next?

It is unclear what impact Zelenskiy's comments will have on the situation in Ukraine. Russia's presidency of the Security Council is set to continue through the end of April, and it remains to be seen whether the country will use its position to further its interests in the region.
However, Zelenskiy's comments may be seen as a warning to Russia that Ukraine will not back down in the face of what it sees as aggression.
They may also be seen as an attempt to rally support from the international community, which has largely condemned Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Final Words

Zelenskiy's comments on Russia's presidency of the Security Council highlight the ongoing tensions between the two countries and the challenges facing Ukraine as it seeks to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, it will be important to watch for further developments and to consider the implications of each new development for the future of the region and for the international community as a whole.
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