Kuleba at UN: Best way to stop Putin is to give Ukraine necessary weapons

Kuleba at UN: Best way to stop Putin is to give Ukraine necessary weapons

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has emphasized the importance of providing Ukraine with the necessary weapons and holding Russia accountable to avoid further atrocities.

According to Ukrinform's correspondent in New York, he told this to journalists on Thursday before a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council, which is discussing the issue of holding Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine.

"The principle of territorial integrity of each member state is extremely important. Therefore, we will use this opportunity for the further consolidation of peace-loving UN member states... The best way to prevent further Russian atrocities, to stop Putin, is to provide Ukraine with all the necessary weapons that will enable us to liberate our territories and save people from murder, torture, rape and other crimes committed by the Russian army on Ukrainian territory," Kuleba said.

Regarding the fight against impunity, the International Criminal Court should be given all the opportunities to prosecute those guilty of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of genocide, as well as create a special tribunal to try Russia for the crime of aggression, Kuleba said. However, according to him, "for legal reasons, the ICC cannot do this, but the crime of aggression should not go unpunished."

He said that Russia "will never ratify an amendment that allows this country to be tried for the crime of aggression."

"But I am sure that we will find a way out. We will find a solution...Justice is also a weapon, and it is important that we use it in full," Kuleba said.

Ukraine will work with all countries that are ready to fight impunity and oppose the evil of international crimes, he added.

"Nothing will stop us. Justice and special international justice takes time, but I assure you that together we will win and justice will prevail," Kuleba said.

When asked how he would interact with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is present at the Security Council meeting, Kuleba said: "I will keep a social distance with him."

On Thursday, as part of the high-level week of the 77th session of the General Assembly, the UN Security Council is holding a meeting on combating impunity in connection with the Russian war in Ukraine.

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