In a speech to the UN on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the creation of a special court to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
“Ukraine is demanding punishment for trying to steal our territory,” said Zelensky. “Punishment for murdering thousands of people. Punishment for torture and humiliation of women and men.”
Zelensky said Ukraine had prepared “exact steps” to create a tribunal but did not provide any specific details. The Ukrainian president also proposed that Russia’s voting, veto and delegation rights within the UN be revoked.
“This will be [a] signal to all “potential” aggressors that they value peace or must be held accountable by the world,” he added.
Zelensky earlier called for a tribunal at a conference hosted by the International Criminal Court in July. The renewed demands for a special court come shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 more troops on Wednesday.
Russian forces left the Kharkiv region and regrouped in the Donetsk region after Ukrainian forces made big gains in a recent counteroffensive. Following the retreat of Russian forces, Zelensky said Ukrainian officials had found torture chambers and mass burial sites. Ukraine similarly found mass burial sites after Russian forces left Bucha near the capital Kiev.