Ukraine has sought the UN to establish a special court and remove Moscow’s veto authority on the UN Security Council as a diplomatic showdown loomed in New York.
Because Russia, along with the United States, France, Britain, and China, is a permanent veto-wielding member, the Security Council has been unable to take effective action on Ukraine.
At the annual UN General Assembly on Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky remarked that “a crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand just punishment.”
A significant military escalation had already been signaled by President Vladimir Putin’s decision to mobilize an additional 300,000 Russians to battle.
Millions of people have already been displaced by Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, thousands of cities have been destroyed, the global economy has been hurt, and the Cold War has once again flared up.
After repeated Kremlin assurances that it wouldn’t happen and a run of military setbacks in Ukraine, the conscription push may be the most dangerous domestic initiative of Mr. Putin’s 20 years in office.
On Wednesday, anti-war protests resulted in the detention of roughly 1,400 people in 38 Russian towns, according to the monitoring group OVD-Info.
According to unaffiliated news sources, some of those detained received summonses instructing them to appear at military enlistment offices on Thursday, the first day of conscription.
Following Mr. Putin’s statement, flights out of Russia have also been selling out quickly.“Every normal person is (concerned), it’s horrible,” said one man, identifying himself only as Sergey, disembarking in Belgrade after a flight from Moscow.
“It is ok to be afraid of the war and such things,” the man added.