Thank you, distinguished colleagues for giving me the floor at this important occasion.
There are many urgent issues in the world today. ISIL. Gaza. Syria.
It seems like peace is losing territory. At the same time, we all know that humanity can enjoy the benefits of civilization only in the conditions of peace.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we can’t afford to ignore the spark of war where now there is peace.
I am talking about Europe. This week, Russia commenced a full-scale undeclared invasion of sovereign Ukrainian mainland territory. Complete with Russian tanks, BMPs, BTR, missile launchers, troops, airborne units.
Once again it is a dirty, undeclared war. A war that is being publicly denied by the perpetrator.
Remember when they denied that they invaded Ukraine’s Crimean Penninsula and then eventually admitted to it? Now the whole world knows the worth of their words.
This full-scale invasion is a crime against Ukraine and Ukrainians who have not provoked this aggression in any way.
This invasion is a crime against peace in Europe. The peace Europe worked 70 years to build.
This invasion is a crime against the international order as we know it. It sets a precedent that a big state can breach the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a smaller state without incurring any major obstacles.
All throughout the crisis Ukraine has shown exceptional openness to talk, compromise, seek paths to peace. Listening to all sides, conducting a ceasefire, cooperating with international monitoring bodies (including OSCE observation missions), participating in negotiations and multilateral contact groups that included the aggressor – in order to hear the aggressor’s terms for ending the conflict.
Meanwhile all this time the aggressor – Russia - just kept pretending that they are not involved. You can take the insignia off the uniform, but you cannot disguise the weapons and missile launchers, the BMPs and BTRs, the tanks, the nationality of the soldiers, and the confessions of the soldiers. You cannot disguise scale and organization.
Everybody in the world understands what is going on - on the Ukraine-Russia border today.
We feel this from the support of the International community. And for this we are grateful.
However, it needs to be emphasized that we have just entered a new level of aggression. Until now we have been dealing with Russian terrorists and mercenaries. Today we are dealing with the Russian regular army, and Russia – the nuclear state. Today we see that the existing sanctions are not enough. More drastic steps should be taken by the international community to preserve peace in Europe.
In these conditions the UN convened a special session of the UN Security Council on the current situation. Ukraine is also appealing to the European Union and the OSCE. Once again, this is an aggression not only against my country, but against peace in Europe and in the whole world. It cannot be ignored. This urgent situation needs to be addressed. Thank you.