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very good tuesday morning to you, i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm bianna golodryga. moments from now, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy will speak to the u.n. security council. he is demanding security guarantees from his country. as we see evidence of a massacre in the kyiv suburb of bucha. officials say well over 300 ukrainians were tortured and killed there. the kremlin is, again, denying russian forces slaughtered civilians even though we see it with our own eyes. this as cnn teams see bodies pulled from basements in that town. antony blinken spoke about those images moments ago. >> what we see in bucha is not the random act of a rogue unit. it's a deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities. >> deliberate campaign. that's the basis for war crimes
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charges. also new this morning, the port city of mariupol rocked once again by russian troops. it's been suffering as well. officials say a civilian ship sonis on fire sinking into the coast of asov as russian forces continue to block evacuation convoys meant to rescue civilians from that city. >> cnn's brianna keilar joins us now from lviv in eastern ukraine. brianna, president volodymyr zelenskyy is about to address the u.n. security council. what do you expect to hear from him? >> reporter: we're expecting, bianna, that he's going to highlight these atrocities. we are seeing them in bucha. hundreds of bodies have been reported, but now we're hearing about it from other villages, from other cities where russian forces once occupied and now that they have withdrawn or been pushed out, you're seeing what they're leaving in their wake. and that's the message that president zelenskyy is going to be taking to the u.n.
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he did say yesterday that these atrocities make it more difficult to negotiate with russia. he want to be coming from a position of strength, obviously, in negotiations and so he's going to be pressuring the u.n., he's going to be pressuring the west and his allies to put more pressure on russia. i spoke earlier with the deputy prime minister of ukraine and she said it really comes down to an oil embargo, a gas embargo against russia on the part of europe and here is how she put it. >> what will his call to the world be? >> translator: i think he will tell the whole world about what's happened and if the world is still thinking how to minimize losses from the sanctions against putin, whether to introduce an oil and gas embargo imports from russia, if the world is still thinking about that and how to evade
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sanctions, then they are all complicit and they need to realize that these are the dollars that go to putin and that he uses to kill ukrainian women and children and that makes everyone complicit and everyone responsible for this crime. i think president joe biden and the american people must put all the influence, put every pressure and use all their influence to make europe, to rid europe of this dependence on russian oil and gas, which stink, frankly speaking, with the blood of our children. >> reporter: and cnn's phil black is with me now. you know, bucha is going to be obviously the backdrop of his comments. it's just, it even feels different, quite frankly, than the other addresses he's given. we're realizing bucha isn't alone. there are other places like this and what we have seen there is horrendous. >> indeed, yeah, that's right. so what we're seeing in bucha is
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the ongoing process of recovering of what took place there, a long process of recovering from russian occupation. we see dead bodies still being cleaned up. we're seeing an investigation begin. we are seeing people grieving the loss. because even in a war, essentially, these are communities, and indeed, this is a country that is trying to understand, come to terms with what happened there, even in a war that has been defined so significantly by horrible indifference to civilian life, the intimacy and the brutality of the violence that appears to have taken place there is deeply shocking, and will take a long time to fully understand. take a look. there's little point closing the back doors of this. it's stopping frequently. picking up those who didn't survive russia's brief occupation of bucha. each person is photographed, where possible id is checked and where necessary, bindings are
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removed. their clothes, their belongings and in some cases, their restraints all indicate these people were a threat to no one in the moments before they were killed. in normal times, a painter, and now he collects bodies. this one was carrying potatoes, you can see they're all civilians and snipers shot them all in the head. this is how they were having fun. tetiana weeps beside her husband's shallow grave. she says he was taken from their home and weeks later, found in a basement, tortured, mutilated, shot in the head. ukraine's defense ministry released this video in another basement in bucha. a cnn team visited the site and saw five dead men. their hands tide, most shot in the heads and legs.
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president zelenskyy came to bucha and walked in streets saying, it's very difficult to negotiate with russia when you see what they have done here. ukraine said it will investigate russia's war crimes. the european union says it will help. no need, says russia, because all of this has been staged. a resident said this equally sincere message scribbled with lipstick in a bucha home by a russian soldier. thanks for the warm welcome, sorry about the mess. russia's mess. the extraordinary suffering, death, trauma inflicted in just a few weeks of occupation, he's only starting to be understood. those who live through it, it's unlikely to ever be forgiven. >> brianna, when president zelenskyy speaks to the security council, he'll be thinking about what he saw there yesterday, he'll be thinking about what he
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knows took place and he'll be demanding a step-up in action by the world, that matches the brutality and the horrors that are being uncovered there. >> you can see the pain on his face yesterday when he was there. the mayor of bucha, telling us yesterday that it was as if russian soldiers had been given the green light to go on safari in bucha and there's obviously going to be a long path to recovery. phil, thank you so much for that report. jim and bianna? >> brianna, i think the concern is that this isn't an isolated situation. there's countless more buchas throughout ukraine and so much attention is now on the port city of mariupol, right, russian forces attacking a civilian ship there as russian troops are again flocking evacuation convoy to the city. what's the latest assessment of how difficult things are there right now and why ahead in terms of what we'll bear witness to? >> reporter: i think that's really the thing, bianna. i think you hit the nail on the head there because we can't see
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it, and here over the last month and change, we couldn't see what was going on in bucha, right? we couldn't see what was going on in the cities around kyiv, and now as you're getting in there with cameras and officials are able to look at it, you get a better sense of it. we understand that it is very much the same but on a larger scale. mariupol is a much larger city. it's hard to know right now because you still have about 100,000 people who are stuck there and the international committee for the red cross has been unable to get in now. they've been trying to get in since saturday and they keep being held at bay. this is because they are being stopped by russian forces. they're not being allowed in, and this is a city that has been without food, without water, without medicine, without power for weeks and weeks now. we have heard before about mass graves in mariupol. we now see them in bucha. i think we are just getting a small look at what is going to be horrific and on a larger scale in mariupol.
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>> we have to acknowledge throughout this that this is a time worn russian war plan that we've seen not just in ukraine. we've seen it in syria, we've seen it in chechnya before. it's part of the play book. brianna keilar, good to have you there to document. the u.n. skoecurity council meeting is under way. finished the comments and we'll bring you the ukrainian president when he joins. two members of parliament. they were both part of the ukrainian delegation who traveled here to washington last week to meet with u.s. lawmakers. it's good to have both of you here. >> thank you. >> i imagine myself as an american witnessing pictures in my own country like we're seeing now coming out of bucha of civilians murdered in areas occupied by russian forces. perhaps i could begin with you, but also to hear from you, maria. what are your emotions right now
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and what do you want to see done? >> you know, of course we had emotions and i would like to say our delegation went to united states and to canada to highlight that now, we have a really terrible situation in our country. it's not a war. it's a genocide of our population. and i would like to highlight that it's not a road between ukraine and russia, it's a war between evil and democratic rule and now we're fighting for values, all democratic roles and you see from russia what they have done in bucha and we are waiting for the results of mariupol. i am absolutely sure that very
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unfortunately, we will see more pictures. so i hope that all democratic countries, including the united states will fight in this war with us and putin has been punched. >> we saw the security council, the russian ambassador giving his comments now. ukrainian officials have been negotiating. as you see aggression like this, brutality like this by the russian military under the command of senior russian officials and the president vladimir putin, can ukraine still negotiate with russia? >> let me express my emotions that, of course, we are very grateful with the support and also and american authorities with the support we have had, but it's not enough. and we also have the initiative
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with to exclude russia from the human rights council and we really are looking forward to the results. because u.n. must be held accountable. when we see a lot of countries and we would just like to address that now, like supporting criminals, it's also a crime, and that is why the question, for example, bucha, it's my native land because my childhood was in bucha and irpin. of course, i'm full of rage that all these criminals haven't been punished but at the same time, i'm full of love to my nation, our nation which is so great and when the whole world is shocked by the crimes in bucha, even today, the services, killed
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people in bucha in the houses, in the yards, tortured, raped. and criminal specialists, they document these crimes but the atrocities against, they are shocked by these atrocities against girls, girls who were raped, women killed and also, we saw all the videos and that is why these are really crimes against humanity and we would like, the whole world, also imagine what we will see today. it's the next town after bucha. it's even worse. the general prosecutor's office mentioned this and then of course, mariupol, we even cannot imagine these horrible things. that's why all of these facts are gathering and when you're asking me about negotiation, of course, the president is trying to do and political leaders, they are trying to deliver all the messages that we need to punish and to kick out, to push
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out russian troops from our territory. i think that, of course, now, i mean, for me, i just can't imagine these negotiations with the terrorists. that is why i think that first, cease-fire because just, we have just got the whole regions of ukraine. and negotiations probably on humanitarian corridors, but when at the beginning, your program will push out, i would like to underline, russian troops were kicking out from kyiv region from belarus. they did not withdraw. do not believe them. i kindly ask you, because we know all the manipulation and lies. >> we reported many times this was the russian losses and not any of them discovering god suddenly. i do want to ask you, what
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they've seen and the world is witnessing in bucha and may see in mariupol and other parts of ukraine, what do you trust to investigate and prosecute any war crimes? is it the u.n.? is it a special tribunal? do you trust the eu? is it ukraine on its own? >> you know, of course, it could be a common investigation with ukraine, of course, first of all, and it could be american prosecutors, european union, but we need to investigate all cases. i absolutely agree with maria, that i suppose this is the biggest genocide and biggest crime in the 21st century. so we need international
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approach, international community to investigate all these cases. and i believe in commonwealth in this sphere from the ukraine side and american side and maybe european union also. >> crime of the 21st century, with echoes of the 20th century with world war ii. lesia and maria, thank you so much. please, quickly, before we go. >> thank you so much. i just want to say that unfortunately, russian nation is sick because, and only altogether, we have to stop them and to stop in ukraine because he will go further and now our nation is bleeding and i just want to say that it's really a genocide because ukraine, it's a multinational country. national minorities and we see that's why we have to stop russians because of the state and kindly ask the u.s.
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government to push germans on oil and gas embargo. thank you so much. and more weapons for ukraine. >> we will continue to report and i'm sure we'll hear similar requests along similar lines from the ukrainian president any moment now. lesia, maria, the ukrainian parliament. thank you so much. as we mention, at any moment, president zelenskyy will address the u.n. security council. this after the world is learning, seeing evidence of a massacre in bucha just outside the ukrainian capital. we'll bring you those comments and address live when it begins. plus as russian forces refocus their strikes in the south and east, a cnn team experiences a close call with russian artillery fire. their encounter one example of what ukrainian civilians are dodging every day.
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russia's invasion of ukraine continues. russia's military claiming long range missiles launched from vessels in the black sea hit what russia said is a training center for special operations forces in southern ukraine. russia claiming the center was used among other things to, quote, accommodate foreign mercenaries as we've reported a number of foreign combat veterans volunteered to fight for ukraine. cnn could not immediately verify russia's claim. plus a dangerous scene played out for one of our own cnn crews near mykolaiv. cnn international correspondent ben wedeman and his team just stopped to talk to some
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ukrainian soldiers yesterday when russian forces began to fire in their direction. it was all caught on camera. >> reporter: this is an area with a fair amount of outgoing as well as incoming artillery. down the road that has been fought over for several days by russian and ukrainian forces. in these vast open spaces, the russians seem far away. they're not. down here, john, down here. keep on rolling. you see over there? we hug the earth. two more artillery rounds.
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cameraman keeps rolling. all right. so we had two incoming rounds responding to artillery. firing in the russian directions. the shells came pretty close to us. no one has been injured. the officer tells translator that we need to go now. okay, okay. i hope the car's okay. and so we run with full body armor to the cars.
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one car can't move. e peppered with shrapnel. we're losing petrol. no time to lose. throw it in the back. driver igor, razor focused on getting us to safety. his car also hit . now we're trying to get out of this area as quickly as possible.
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our other car completely destroyed. crammed into this small car, we approach safer ground. producer kareem checks the damage to the car. the soldiers we left behind are still out there. we could leave. they can't. we were able to speak with some of those soldiers this morning. they said they came under bombardment once again, but they're okay. jim? >> listen, this war is bigger than, we've seen the artillery bigger and the threat bigger to folks like you. glad you and your team are safe. >> joining us now is retired army general and former nato supreme allied commander general george juwan and director for national intelligence. general, let me begin with you. what is the next what russia calls phase in this war look
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like? what can we expect to see on the ground there as russia refocuses to that donbas eastern region and obviously there to the south as well? >> yeah, so i think you're going to see that. in odesa, it's going to also be very important. i don't think that they can take their eye off of kyiv, the main objective to get to. but i think they'll come at it from the donbas area and mariupol and the odesa. but don't roll out belarus because i think that's another threat hanging or looming on the horizon. >> yeah, a lot of the russian forces who left the kyiv region went up to belarus, presumably to attempt to resupply. general, just a question for you about what we've seen in bucha now, evidence of war crimes there. because you were involved in the bosnia war where, of course, there were similar war crimes
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and later investigated via special u.n. tribunal. is that a model for investigating, potentially prosecuting what we're seeing now in ukraine? >> it could be. i would take a hard look. what wehad, milosovici and when they took them in the wood and killed them, they were toasting with champagne. so it was on television. so we had a very clear picture of what was happening at the beginning as well as at the end. so i think what we called for then was for milosovici to go to the hague and i've been calling for putin to go to the hague because i think that's what needs to be done. >> yeah, in the meantime, as this war continues, it's interesting because satellite images, technology, even our own
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phones really play an integral role building up to russia's invasion in the last year. we saw russian troops amassing around ukraine for months in advance. what role then will satellite, will phones, will all of this technology play in the investigation into these war crimes and images that we're seeing now? >> yeah, bianna, look, it's a great question. i think it's going to be critical because as the general said, in the case of the general dealt with, you had video. in this case, we'll be able to go back and we'll be able to look at satellite footage of what was happening on the ground at various times and that footage will at least give us some sense of how that comports with what russians are claiming. we already know the russians are claiming that what we're seeing in bucha, what we're seeing in other areas with mass graves, we know they're claiming it's done by the ukrainians and we know that's nonsense but we will need evidence to support what we know
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is true, so i think that satellite footage will tell us where russians are, where russians are not and where ukrainian forces are and to the time that we're seeing these mass atrocities, critical over time. >> shawn, you spent years in intelligence, reading intelligence, analyzing it at times. there's a lot of speculation about the strength of putin's leadership, given the economic costs, his economy is now paying right now but also the embarrassment of the loss so far in ukraine. is it realistic to imagine that his leadership, his power is under threat or do you think it's premature to be speaking in those terms? >> yeah, jim, i think it's premature to be speaking in those terms at this point. when we think about russia, russia is what we call a hard target. we do our very best over time to the best intelligence we can and we've gotten better over the years and continue to get
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better. i've been proud of the intelligence community and the former colleagues because it's intelligence the administration made a decision to go ahead and to get out there in the public quickly as possible so people can see what the russians are up to. but i think what that intelligence also tells us is that it's very difficult to understand what putin will do going forward. you mentioned at the start of the invasion, look, there was a time when we were very certain that putin was going to focus his efforts on the donbas region and he may not be going further but we know at some point the intelligence community was able to see that. so i think going forward, we'll continue to focus heavily on understanding the people around putin, collecting intelligence on the people around him, but we have to be mindful of the fact that at the end of the day, putin is going to make decisions and he's isolated, ihe's not going to share those decisions with a lot of people. we'll be limited in our ability
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to really understand what he's going to do until the last minute even with the best intelligence. >> the dangerous part is that clearly plan "a" for him did not work and now on to plan "b." general george joulwan and shawn turner, thank you. discussing russia's war on ukraine. the ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy among those expected to speak. we'll listen to their remarks live as soon as they begin. stay with us. can you be free of hair breakage worries? we invited mahault to see for herself that dove breakage remedy gives damaged hair the strength it needs. even with repeated combing hair treated with dove shows 97% less breakage. strong hair with new dove breakage remedy. numberer one beauty brand not tested on animals. > tech: does your windshield have a crack? trust safelite. >> tech vo: this customer had auto glass damage, but he was busy working from home... he scheduled with safelite in just a few clis. we came to his house... ...then we got to work. we replaced his ndshield
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we're learning ivanka trump will meet today with the house select committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol. >> cnn's whitney wild joining us now. did we expect this to happen? >> we thought it was entirely possible, and especially after you saw jared kushner go in a few days ago, it seemed more and more likely she was going to go in. to recap, ivanka trump, the daughter of former president donald trump and former white house senior adviser will meet with the january 6th select committee according to two sources familiar with the meeting. in addition to being one of president trump's closest advisers, ivanka had a unique perch from which we saw the events of january 6th. she was with her father for most of the day.
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she was in the oval office for these key meetings, key conversations. the committee has already heard testimony from other white house officials who recounted ivanka trump being in the room during a call with her father and then vice president mike pence. the committee asked ivanka to appear voluntarily, not under the pressure of a subpoena. this meeting happening virtually, so unfortunately, we won't be able to ask her any questions as she comes in and out, but the information could be pretty crucial, jim, especially as we know jared kushner was in that deposition for six hours last week. >> no question. and listen, there are a lot of questions and things she had firsthand knowledge of. the question is, does she seek protection from executive privilege in any way? do we know if that's a tact snick. >> it's interesting to ask about the relationship with the father, an entirely intimate relationship. so i am really curious to know how deep and personal these questions are going to get when it comes to her conversations
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with her father, but again, we already know from past people who testified, they put her at key moments inside the oval at key times. a quote from the 11 page letter the house select committee sent her on january. general kellogg testified at the close of the call between former president trump and then vice president mike pence, ivanka trump turned and said, mike pence is a good man. it's all of these things and if a i've said it once, a thousand times over the last 14 months. one of the key areas to nail down is what the president was thinking, what he understood about what he was doing and what his actions meant at the time, his closest advisers are crucial to that. >> a daughter but also an official paid role in the white house. whitney wild, thank you. i believe we're going to the u.n. now. richard standing by because the ukrainian president is expected to begin his comments any moment now.
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nic robertson, let's go to the ukrainian president before the u.n. security council. let's have a listen. >> thank you very much. dear madam chairman, dear mr. secretary general. distinguished members of the security council and other members of this meeting. thank you very much for this opportunity. i'm sure that all the representatives of the united nations member states will hear me today. yesterday, i returned from our city of bucha recently, liberated from russian troops, not far from kyiv. so there is not a single crime they would not commit there. the russian military surge and purposefully killed anyone who served our country. they shot and killed women outside their houses when they just tried to call someone who is alive. they killed entire families, adults and children and they tried to burn the bodies. i am addressing you on behalf of the people who honor the memory of the deceased every single day
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and the memory of the civilians who died, they were shot and killed in the back of their head after being tortured. some of them were shot on the streets. others were thrown into the wells. so they died, they're in suffering. they were killed in their apartments, houses, blowing up grenades. civilians were crushed by tanks while sitting in their cars in the middle of the road. just for their pleasure. they cut off limbs, slashed their throats, women raped and killed in front of their children. 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, who occupied some territories and done by a member of the united nations security council destroying internal
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unity, borders, countries, taking the ride of more than a dozen countries, pursue consistent policy of destroying ethnic and religious diversity. inflame wars and deliberately lead them in such a way that to kill as many regular civilians and cities to leave the country where they deploy their troops in ruins and filled with mass graves. you all see that. and they support hatred at the level of the state and seek to export it to other countries through their system of propaganda, and political corruption. they promote global food crisis that could lead to famine in africa, asia, and other countries and will surely end in large scale political chaos in many countries, and destroying
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their domestic security. so where is the security that the security council needs to guarantee? it's not there. although there is a security council, so where is the peace, where are the guarantees the united nations needs to guarantee? it is obvious that the key institution of the world which must ensure any aggressor to peace simply cannot work effectively. now the world can see that what russian military did in bucha while keeping the city under their occupation, but the world has yet to see what they have done in other occupied cities and regions of our country. geography might be different, but cruelty is the same, crimes are the same and accountability must be in inevitable.
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ladies and gentlemen, i would like to remind you of article i, chapter i of the u.n. charter. what is the purpose of our organization? its purpose is to maintain peace and make sure that peace is adhered to and starting with the article i. and if so, what is the point of all other articles today, as a result of russia's actions in our country, in ukraine, the most terrible war crimes of all times we see since the end of world war ii and they're being committed. russian troops are deliberately destroying ukrainian cities to ashes with artillery and air strikes. they are deliberately blocking to deliberately shooting columns of civilians on the road trying to escape the territory of
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hostility and deliberately blow up shelters where civilians hide from air strikes. they are deliberating creating conditions in the temporarily occupied territory so that as many civilians as possible are killed there. the massacre in our city of bucha is only one, unfortunately, only one of many examples of what the occupiers have been doing on our land for the past 41 days. and there are many more cities similar places where the world has yet to learn the full truth. mariupol, kharkiv, dozens other ukrainian communities, each of them is similar to bucha. i know and you know perfectly well what the representatives of russia will say in response to the accusations of these crimes. they have said that many times, the most significant was the
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shooting down of the malaysian over donbas by russian forces with russian weapons or during the war in syria. they will blame everyone, just to justify their own actions. they will say that there are various versions, different versions, it's impossible to establish which ones of those versions is true. they will even say that the bodies were, of those were allegedly thrown away and all the videos are staged, but it is 2022 now. we have conclusive evidence that there are satellite images and we can conduct full and transparent investigations that this is what we're interested in. maximum access for journalists, maximum cooperation with international institutions, enrollment of the international criminal court, complete truth and full accountability. i'm sure every member state of the u.n. should be interested in
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this. for what? in order to punish once and for all, those who consider themselves privileged and believe that they can get away with anything. so show all the other potential war criminals in the world how they will be punished if the biggest one is punished, then everyone is punished. and why did ukraine come to ukraine? i will tell you, because russia leadership feels like colonizers in ancient times. they need our wealth, our people. russia has already deported hundreds of thousands of our citizens to their country. they have adopted more than 2,000 children. just simply conducted that, those children and continue to do so. russia wants to turn ukraine into silent slaves. the russian military are looting
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openly the cities and villages there they have captured. this is why, it's looting. they are stealing everything, starting with food, ending with earrings, gold earrings that are pulled out and covered with blood. we are dealing with a state that is turning into the u.n. security council into the right to die. this undermines the whole architecture of global security. it allows to go unpunished, so that they're destroying everything that they can. so if this continues, the countries will be only on the power of their own arms to ensure their security. and not on international law. not rely on international institutions. the united nations can be simply closed, ladies and gentlemen,
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are you ready to close the u.n. and the time of international law is gone? if your answer is no, you need to act immediately. the u.n. charter must be restored immediately. the u.n. system must be reformed immediately so that the veto is not the right to die, that there is a fair representation in the security council of all regions of the world. the aggressor must be brought to peace immediately. the determination is needed. the massacre from syria to somalia from afghanistan to yemen and libya, that should have been stopped a long time ago to tell the truth. if tyranny had at least once received such a response to the war, it had reached, it would have ceased to exist and peace had been guaranteed after it and the world would have changed for sure. and then perhaps, there would
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not be war in my country against our people, against ukrainian people, against our citizens, but the world watched and did not want to see either the occupation of crimea or the war against georgia or taking the entire from moldova and how russia was preparing, but the b basis for other con flflicts an wars near the borders. how to stop it. right away, the russian military and those who gave them orders must be brought to justice immediately for war crimes in ukraine. anyone who has given criminal orders and carried out them by killing our people will be brought before the tribunal, which should be similar to the nuremberg tribunals. i would like to remind russian
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diplomats, has not escaped punishment for crimes in world war ii. i would also like to remind you that those also did not go unpunished. nobody of them is punished but the main thing today, it's time to transform this system. the united nations. therefore i propose to convene a global conference and we can do it here in peaceful cave in order to determine how we are going to reform the world's security system, how we will rely, how do we establish guarantee of recognition of borders and integrity of states and countries and how we will assert the rule of international law. it is now clear that the goals set in san francisco in 1945 for the creation of a global
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security international organization have not been achieved and it is impossible to achieve them without reforms. therefore, we must do everything in our power to pass on to the next generation an effective u.n. with the ability to respond preventively to security challenges and thus guarantee peace, prevent aggression and force aggressors to peace, have the determination and ability to punish if the principles of peace are violated. there can be no more exceptions or privileges. everybody must be equal, all participants of international relations regardless of economic strength, geographical area and individual ambitions. the power of peace must become dominant, the power of justice, and the security power as humanity has always dreamed of it. ukraine is ready to provide a
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platform for one of the main offices of the newly updated security system as similar to the geneva office that deals with human rights and that deals with environmental protection and we can have u24 office that can specialize in preventative measures to maintain peace. i would like to remind you of our peaceful mission in afghanistan. when we, ukrainians, evacuated from that country, more than 1,000 people and our own extent, it was a difficult phase and ukraine came to their help, took in people of different nationalities, ethnic group, faith, afghan citizens of european countries, u.s., canada. we did not look who needed help was it one of our own or somebody else.
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we helped all of them. we saved everyone, if every time there was a need, everyone in the world would be confident that help would come. the world would be definitely safer. therefore, ukraine, the moral right to perform the world security system. we have proven that we help others not only happy times but dark times too and we need decisions from the security council for peace in ukraine. if you do not know how to make this decision, you can do two things. either remove russia as an aggressor and a source of war, so it cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war. and then do everything that we can do to establish peace or the other option is please show how
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we can reform or change and work for peace. or if there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be dissolve yourself altogether and i know you can admit that if there is nothing that you can do besides conversation, we need peace. ukraine needs peace. europe needs peace and the world needs peace. and finally, i would kindly ask you very much to watch this short video. please give us one more minute of your time, the video that we want to show that one country can violate rights and that's the result of being unpunished. if possible, please watch this video because it is impossible
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to get everyone to come to our country and see it with your own eyes. therefore, i would ask you to watch this video. thank you very much. >> i'm not sure, is the video just coming?
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>> upload it to the technicians. >> we're waiting here for a video that the ukrainian president said he was preparing for the members of the u.n. security council to watch. let's listen in to see if they're able to get that through. >> don't have the video, while we sort that out, i thank his excellency mr. zelenskyy for his compelling and powerful remarks. we will come back to the video when we sort it out, the technical issues around it and may i say, speaking in my national capacity, may i express appreciation to the president for his leadership in wartime and for the extraordinary fortitude and bravery of the ukrainian people under this unprovoked and illegal invasion.
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i resume amy function as the president of the security council and while we sort out the technical video, i propose to give the floor to those council members who wish to make statements and i now give the floor to the representative of the united states. >> thank you, madam president. let me also start by thanking uae and ambassador for her successful presidency during the month of march. madam president, as you begin your security council presidency, i want to thank the united kingdom for your leadership and for organizing this vital discussion on ukraine today. i also want to thank the secretary general for his remarks and the other briefers. and i'd like to extend a warm welcome to president zelenskyy.
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i was so moved by the address he made recently to our congress and we're truly honored by his presence here under the circumstances that he and ukraine face today. madam president, last night, i returned from a trip to moldova and romania. i saw with my own eyes the refugee crisis caused by russia's unconscionable war. i spoke to refugees who indicated to me their desires to return to their home. and we've all seen the images on tv of the bombed out buildings. but what we have not seen is that behind those destroyed buildings are destroyed lives and destroyed families. i met with women and children who fled ukraine who stuffed


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