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Ukraine's President Questions Russia's UN Membership Ahead of UN Visit

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Ukrainian President Questions UN's Position

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during his recent U.S. visit, raised concerns over the United Nations' (UN) decision to allow Russia, the nation responsible for invading Ukraine, to maintain a seat of power within the organization. Zelenskyy stressed the importance of Ukraine's messages being heard by their partners and criticized the UN for still accommodating 'Russian terrorists.'

Objective of Zelenskyy's U.S Visit

The Ukrainian President arrived in the U.S with a primary objective of advocating for his country's case for continued assistance in resisting Russia's invasion, which has been ongoing for almost 19 months. Currently, the U.S Congress is debating President Biden's request to provide up to $24 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. However, U.S lawmakers, as it stands, are increasingly divided over the provision of additional funds.

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Zelenskyy's Upcoming UN Address

In the following days, Zelenskyy is expected to address the U.N. General Assembly and speak at a U.N. Security Council meeting about Ukraine. Here, he may cross paths with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is also slated to deliver remarks.

Fostering Morale: Interaction with Injured Soldiers

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Zelenskyy, on his first U.S visit since December, began his trip with a visit to Staten Island University Hospital, which has treated 18 Ukrainian military members who lost limbs in the war. He interacted with the injured soldiers, inquiring about their recovery process and expressing gratitude for their service. The President also awarded medals to the injured, thanked the medical personnel and assured the troops that their country was eagerly awaiting their return. He reassured them that every single one of them was needed back home.

Summary of Zelenskyy's U.S Visit

In summary, Zelenskyy's U.S visit is aimed at rallying support for his country's cause against the invasion by Russia. His criticism of the UN for accommodating Russia, despite its role in destabilizing Ukraine, highlights his dissatisfaction with the current international governance system. His interaction with wounded soldiers underscores his commitment to the welfare of Ukraine's military personnel and his appreciation of their sacrifices.

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