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Zelenskiy: Russia trying to ‘humiliate’ UN with Kyiv attack

In a video address late last night, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, condemned yesterday’s Russian airstrikes on Kyiv, which took place while the UN secretary general was visiting the capital.

THE GUARDIAN: In a video address late last night, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, condemned yesterday’s Russian airstrikes on Kyiv, which took place while the UN secretary general was visiting the capital.

Zelenskiy said the strikes happened immediately after his talks with António Guterres, “and this says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions”. He accused Russia’s leadership of trying to “humiliate the UN and everything that the organisation represents”.

He said: Today, immediately after the end of our talks [with Guterres] in Kyiv, Russian missiles flew into the city. Five missiles.

This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions,about the Russian leadership’s efforts to humiliate the UN and everything that the organisation represents.

And therefore requires an appropriate, powerful response.

Russian attacks in other cities across the country, including Fastiv and Odesa “once again prove that we cannot let our guard down”, he said. We cannot think that the war is over. We still have to fight. We still have to drive the occupiers out.

The Ukrainian prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, said Russia’s “deviant behaviour” was an “attack on world security”.