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UN allows Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to address world leaders this week via video

After an interview with Reuters Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zieleskiy poses for a photograph, during Russia’s attack on Ukraine. This photo was taken in Kyiv (Ukraine), 16/09/2022.

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly announced Friday that it would allow Ukraine President Volodymyr Zilenskiy to speak at this year’s annual gathering using a prerecorded audio.

The decision was supported by 101 votes, seven against and 19 abstentions. Russia, Syria Nicaragua, Nicaragua and North Korea opposed this move.


According to the UN mission in Ukraine, Zelenskiy was unable to attend the General Assembly meetings due to ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Dmitry Polyanskiy (Russia’s deputy UN Ambassador), stated that Moscow supports “in-person diplomacy at the UN.” He accused his Western counterparts of using double standards.

Polyanskiy told the General Assembly that this was at a time when representatives from African countries, who often face similar difficulties when arriving to New York… were denied the same right.

Russian ally Belarus attempted to amend the decision to delete any reference to Ukraine. This would enable any world leader to address the UN gathering by audio. It was defeated by only 23 votes in favor and 67 against. 27 states abstained.


For the past two years, world leaders have been able to submit video statements via the COVID-19 pandemic. They will however travel to New York this year to address the UN General Assembly chamber.

Nearly three quarters vote in reprimand for Moscow. They demand that Moscow withdraw its troops within one week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2014. Three weeks ago, it denounced Russia for creating a “dire humanitarian crisis.”

On Friday, Ukrainian officials provided more information about the mass burial ground that contained hundreds of bodies. It was located on territory seized by Russian forces. Zelenskiy stated that this discovery was evidence of Russia’s war crime. Moscow claims that its forces did not commit war crimes.

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