Ukraine’s leader addresses the UN


World News

September 25, 2019 - 10:29 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Abruptly cast into the center of a political storm in the United States, Ukraine’s president steered clear of the controversy today as he made his debut speech on diplomacy’s biggest stage, focusing instead on the horrors of war and on his country’s ongoing conflict with Russia.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address at the U.N. General Assembly came less than a day after a formal U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump was launched — a development that was sparked partly by a July 25 phone call between the two leaders.

Zelenskiy made no mention of the matter as he called for wide international support for his country, five years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and threw its weight behind separatists fighting in the eastern part of his country.

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