During a speech before the United Nations Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian military of committing “the most terrible war crimes” since World War Two and crushing civilians “just for their pleasure.”
“They killed entire families —adults and children — and they tried to burn the bodies,” Zelensky said. “I am addressing you on behalf of the people who honor the memory of the deceased every single day.”
“Some of them were shot on the streets, others were thrown into wells so they died there in suffering… Civilians were crushed by tanks while sitting in their cars in the middle of the road — just for their pleasure,” he said. “They cut off limbs, slashed their throats… Their tongues were pulled out only because the aggressor did not hear what they wanted to hear from them.”
“This is no different from other terrorists, such as Daesh (ISIS). Here it is done by a member of the United Nations Security Council,” Zelensky said, noting that Russia is a member of the United Nations Security Council.
Zelensky’s comments come after reports that Russian soldiers raped girls as young as 10 and burned swastikas into the bodies of their victims.
“Tortured body of a raped and killed woman. I’m speechless. My mind is paralyzed with anger and fear and hatred,” Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko wrote on Twitter along with a gruesome photo of one of the bodies.
“Russian soldiers loot, rape and kill. 10 y.o. girls with vaginal and rectal tears. Women with swastika shaped burns. Russia. Russian Men did this. And Russian mothers raised them. A nation of immoral criminals,” Vasylenko added.
Zelensky laid blame for the atrocities he alleges not merely at the feet of Russia, but the United Nations itself, pointing to its ineffectiveness saying,
“We are dealing with a state that turns the right of veto in the UN Security Council into a right to kill.
Which undermines the whole architecture of global security.
Which allows evil to go unpunished and spread the world. Destroying everything that can work for peace and security.
If this continues, the finale will be that each state will rely only on the power of arms to ensure its security, not on international law, not on international institutions.
Then, the UN can simply be dissolved.”