In his first in-person appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on world leaders to unite to defeat Russia.
During his address in New York on Tuesday, Zelensky warned leaders at the UNGA that the goal of Russia with its invasion is "not only about Ukraine."
First, he gave the example of Russia's blockade of the Black Sea ports, which makes it hard for Ukraine to ship its food grains, raising concerns about rising food prices contributing to global hunger.
Then, Zelensky pointed to Russia trying to block gas and oil supply to European countries that were dependent on it, calling it "weaponization of energy."
"Kremlin weaponized oil and gas to weaken the leaders of other countries," he said, adding that "Now, now this threat is even greater."
"It is also turning other country's power plants into real dirty bombs. Look, please, what Russia did to our Zaporizhzhia power plant — shelled it, occupied it and then blackmails others with radiation leaks," he continued.
He went on to say that Russia must be stopped. "We must act united to defeat the aggressor and focus all our capabilities and energy on addressing these challenges. As nukes are restrained, likewise, the aggressor must be restrained," Zelensky said
Here are the latest developments:
- Biden says US fully supports Ukraine in UN speech: During his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, US President Joe Biden said supporting Ukraine in its defense against Russia's invasion is "not only investment in Ukraine's future, but in the future of every country" that values the basic UN rules of sovereignty and territorial integrity "that apply equally to all nations" big and small.
- G7 foreign ministers express concern over Russia and North Korea relationship: At a dinner of the G7 foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday night, “there was great concern in the room about what Russia and (North Korea) might be up to together,” a senior State Department official said Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week traveled to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, and the two held what the Kremlin called “very substantive” discussions.
- European Commission proposes extension of temporary protection for people fleeing Ukraine: The proposed extension from March 4, 2024, to March 3, 2025, "will provide certainty and support for more than 4 million persons enjoying protection across the EU," the commission said. The EU activated a Temporary Protection Directive in March 2022 and member states unanimously agreed to automatically extend it by one year.
- US government shutdown could impact military aid to Ukraine: The delivery of military equipment, as well as the ongoing training of Ukrainian forces by the US, "could be impacted by furloughs of personnel and DoD's suspension" of all activities deemed not essential to US national security in the event of a shutdown, Pentagon spokesperson Chris Sherwood said.