‘War in Europe’: Ukrainian chief Zelensky tells United Nations that Russia desires to divide the world into spheres of affect


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused neighboring Russia of attempting to divide the world into “spheres of influence” in a speech, delivered remotely from Kiev, to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

According to Zelensky, the United Nations (UN) was constructed on the truth that “humankind should have learned the tragic lessons of World War II,” however Russia’s “occupation of Crimea” and “aggression in the Donbass” are proof that the world has not discovered from the previous.

“I would like to remind you that it is not only, and not just, war in Ukraine. It’s war in Europe,” Zelensky mentioned. “It’s not just an encroachment on the sovereignty of an independent state. It’s like an attempt to return to the division of spheres of influence in the world.”

During the Cold War, it was mentioned that the Soviet Union had its sphere of affect in a lot of Eastern Europe, in addition to in different communist international locations, similar to Cuba and Vietnam. The different sphere of affect was managed by the US and included Australia, Japan, South Korea and Western Europe.

Crimea was re-absorbed into Russia in March 2014, following a referendum. The vote just isn’t acknowledged by the West, which views Crimea as an illegally occupied Ukrainian peninsula. Following the occasions of March 2014, sanctions had been imposed on Russia. Ukraine additionally accuses Russia of army aggression within the Donbass, within the east of Ukraine. The ‘frozen’ warfare within the area has been ongoing for over six years, and concluding it peacefully was a staple of Zelensky’s election manifesto.

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