In an address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country’s people “demand just punishment” for Russia’s “crime” during the war. Zelensky’s pre-recorded address was an exemption to the rule requiring in-person speeches at this year’s session.
The speeches came after U.S. and European officials decried as a dangerous escalation Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he would call up as many as 300,000 reservists. In a national address Wednesday, Putin made a threatening reference to Russia’s nuclear arsenal: “With a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, to protect Russia and our people, we of course will use all the means at our disposal. This is not a bluff.”