On Monday, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations gave a passionate speech during a rare General Assembly session, in which he compared Russia’s ongoing invasion to World War II.
The ambassador further suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin should “kill himself” like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did following the war.
“We have been prompted to call for an emergency special session as the level of the threat to the global security has been equated to that of the second World War, or even higher following Putin’s order to put an alert Russian nuclear forces,” said Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya during the UN meeting.
“What a madness,” he continued. “If [Putin] wants to kill himself, he doesn’t need to use nuclear arsenal. He has to do what the guy in Berlin did in a bunker in May 1945,” noted Kyslytsya, referencing Hitlers suicide on April 30, 1945.
Kylsytsya further made comments while the meeting was taking place comparing Russia to “the Third Reich,” which was a term used to describe the Nazi regime of Hitler.
The emergency UN General Assembly session was called on Monday for the purpose of addressing Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine as fighting stepped into its fifth day. This meeting marked only the 11th time that type of meeting has been called since the 1950s.
After Kyslytsya’s remarks, Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, denied the allegations that the country is looking to “occupy Ukraine,” and he instead claimed the end game is to “de-militarize and de-genocide” the nation.
“We constantly hear lies, fakes about indiscriminate shelling of Ukrainian cities, hospitals, schools, kindergartens,” Nebenzya added, while he also accused the West of “distorting the conflict. “The Russian army does not pose a threat to the civilians of Ukraine, is not shelling civilians’ areas and cities where Russian armed forces have taken control.”
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