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Russia not serious about ending war in Ukraine: Zelensky addressing UNGA

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was not serious about ending the war in its country, which will soon enter its eighth month.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) via a pre-recorded video on Wednesday, Zelensky donning his signature green military T-shirt said, “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory.” Is. Punishment for killing thousands of people. Punishment for harassment and humiliation of women and men,” AFP news agency reported.

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Ukraine’s president called Demanded money for compensation, calling for a special tribunal to hold Russia accountable and saying that Moscow should “pay for this war with its assets.”

Volodymyr Zelensky further stated that Russia was afraid of genuine talks and did not want to fulfill any fair international obligations.

His address at the UNGA came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster his military in Ukraine.

In a 14-minute nationally broadcast address, Putin warned the West that he was not bluffing about using everything at his disposal to defend Russia, an apparent reference to the nuclear arsenal.

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A report by the Associated Press on Wednesday said the total number of reservoirs could be as high as 300,000.

Protests broke out in several Russian cities condemning the mobilization. According to the OVD-Info protest monitoring group, security forces detained 1,311 people in 38 cities.

In addition to widespread protests, Putin’s announcement regarding mobilization also prompted some Russians to buy plane tickets to flee the country. Tickets for Moscow-Belgrade flights operated by Air Serbia sold out quickly for the next several days. The price of flights from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai rose again within minutes of the jump, reaching 9,200 euros (approximately). 7.22 lakh).

(AFP, with inputs from AP)


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