Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says Russia’s actions bear signs of ‘genocide’

February 27, 2022 - 4:53 PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addresses the nation after a meeting of the Security and Defense Council after Russia's decision to formally recognize two Moscow-backed regions of eastern Ukraine as independent, in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 22, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the world on Sunday to scrap Russia’s voting power at the U.N. Security Council and said Russian actions verged on “genocide.”

“This is terror. They are going to bomb our Ukrainian cities even more, they are going to kill our children even more subtly. This is the evil that has come to our land and must be destroyed,” Zelenskiy said on a short video message.

“Russia’s criminal actions against Ukraine bear signs of genocide,” he added.

—Reporting by Pavel Polityuk;Writing by Anna Pruchnicka;Editing by Andrew Cawthorne