Putin has become a terrorist, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Vladimir Putin has become a terrorist after his brutal missile attack on a packed shopping mall in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

In a virtual address to the UN Security Council, Zelensky said that the Russian President is leading a "terrorist state" and urged their expulsion from the United Nations.

Zelensky called for "the actions of Russian occupiers on Ukrainian soil" to be investigated, too.

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"We need to act urgently to do everything to make Russia stop the killing spree," Zelenskyy said, warning that otherwise Russia's terrorist activity will spread to other European countries and Asia.

The Ukrainian President singled out the Baltic states, Poland, Moldova and Kazakhstan as potential next targets in Putin's scope.

"Putin has become a terrorist," he said. "Daily terrorist acts, without weekends. Every day they are working as terrorists."

His comments come after a Russian missile strike that killed at least 18 people in a shopping centre in the central city of Kremenchuk.

Ukraine said Russia had killed civilians deliberately in Kremenchuk. Moscow said it had struck a nearby arms depot and falsely claimed that the mall was empty.

Zelenskyy cited Article 6 of the UN Charter which states that a member "which has persistently violated the principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council."

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Russia's expulsion, however, is virtually impossible because as a permanent council member, the country would be able to use its veto to block any attempt to oust it.

The Ukrainian leader began his speech listing Russia's most recent attacks. He even read aloud the first names and ages of many of the victims.

Russia's deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyansky said the Ukrainian president's video address violated the council's traditions and existing practices which state that leaders who wish to speak to the council must be present in the chamber.

"The U.N. Security Council should not be turned into a platform for a remote PR campaign from president Zelenskyy in order to get more weapons from participants at the NATO summit" starting Wednesday in Madrid, Polyansky said.

He then claimed that there was no Russian strike on the shopping centre in Kremenchuk.


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