Zelensky calls Russia’s UN Security Council presidency ‘absurd’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Russia’s UN Security Council (UNSC) presidency “absurd and destructive.”

“Unfortunately, we also have news that is obviously absurd and destructive,” Zelensky said on Saturday. “Today, the terrorist state began to chair the UN Security Council.”

“Yesterday, the Russian army killed another Ukrainian child – a five-month-old boy named Danylo from Avdiivka, in Donbas,” Zelensky continued.

“His parents were injured. Russian artillery… One of the hundreds of artillery strikes that the terrorist state launches every day. And at the same time, Russia chairs the UN Security Council.”

Zelensky emphasized that such instances “prove the complete bankruptcy” of global institutions.

“And there will be no such reason that will stop the reform of global institutions, in particular, the UN Security Council,” he added.

Zelensky argued that UNSC reform “is clearly overdue.”

Some context: It is Russia’s turn to run the UNSC this month — a powerful body charged with maintaining global peace and security.

Presidency of the security council rotates alphabetically among its 15 member nations. The body is controlled by its five permanent members, including the US and Russia.

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Author: From CNN’s Mariya Knight

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