Russia stands in the dock, during an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly, during which the 193 countries must take a stand, whether in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and democracy, or in support of Russia in its invasion of the country.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, declared that “the battles in Ukraine must stop,” adding that they are “at their fiercest throughout the country, by air, land and sea. This must stop now. Soldiers must return to their barracks.”
He urged “the leaders to move towards peace,” at a time when negotiations took place on Monday between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.
“Weapons speak now,” Guterres said, calling for “negotiations in good faith and the peaceful settlement of all issues.”
The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, Sergey Kisletsya, warned with emotion of the destruction of his country. “If Ukraine does not survive, the United Nations will not,” he said.
“Do not be led astray,” he added. We can save Ukraine now, save the United Nations, save democracy, and stand up for the values we believe in.”