Act immediately” or “dissolve completely,” said the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the United Nations. his demand Russia expulsion from the UN Security Council because of his atrocities was genuine. And those who watched the video he played of corpses – including the remains of children – must have wondered if Russia hasn’t already evicted itself.
Women were raped and killed in front of their children, their tongues ripped out, simply because the attackers didn’t hear what they wanted to hear from them,” he claimed.
And so today: With the streets of the cities littered with corpses, some may wonder why Mr. Zelensky would waste time addressing our Dáil?
If Russia causes “mass starvation” and its soldiers shoot and rape civilians, what could be gained from another address?
It is this background of despair and despair that compels him to seek help where he can find it. The same reasons that should compel us to be more than a passive audience when Mr. Zelensky speaks. As a small nation – and as a current non-permanent member of the Security Council – we must find our loudest voice and raise our voice.
At the height of the Cold War, we made our voices heard above the thunder of the superpowers.
Frank Aiken and his team of dedicated officials navigated the dangerous cross currents of the UN to achieve a first international commitment to a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons.
Their work culminated in the so-called “Irish Resolutions” of 1958-1961.
They would ultimately pave the way for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Wladimir Putin has shown its contempt for global security and disarmament.
Not only has he fired on a nuclear power plant, he has also threatened to use nuclear weapons against anyone who opposes him. The EU is finally banning Russian coal and taking sensible action against its banks. Better late than never.
Because, as Secretary of State Simon Coveney noted this week, EU bordmarks will not stop the war. The ruble is holding steady despite a fifth wave of sanctions, and Europe is still unwilling to turn off gas from Moscow.
Today we have not only an opportunity, but also an ethical obligation to stand up for Ukraine.
The butcher shop in Bucha underscores the full moral force of its case.
During a 20-minute phone call to Mr Zelensky the day before St Patrick’s Day, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Ireland admired his leadership.
Ireland stands in full solidarity with its beleaguered country, he added. Now we have a chance to prove it.
Moscow must be held accountable and Putin must face the consequences of his actions, before the UN.
Mr Martin promised Mr Zelensky that we would “keep up the pressure through the various methods we have used so far in terms of sanctions and support for the people of Ukraine”.
Surely it is time to deliver those words.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/as-a-nation-we-must-act-in-solidarity-with-ukraine-41524310.html As a nation, we must act in solidarity with Ukraine