Following a series of resolutions condemning and deploring the actions of the Russian forces in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blasted the UN and shared some of his criticisms of the United Nations during his speech at the Japanese Parliament last March 23.

Zelensky shared his frustration with the international body, saying that the institution has failed to stop the Russian Federation’s unjust conquest of Ukraine, echoing online sentiments of people all over the world who were well aware of the UN’s lack of “teeth” to enforce resolutions.

“You see that international institutions have not worked,” the President said. “What can they do? They need reform.” 

Since the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Zelensky has called on the United Nations, the European Union (EU), and NATO to support the Ukrainian defense effort, which has succeeded in stalemating the Russian advance. NATO has recently estimated that 40,000 Russian troops were either killed, wounded, missing, or taken as POWs by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The number of casualties was estimated to be around 7,000 to 15,000 troops, signaling that estimates by the Ukrainian media, western media, and pro-Kremlin media (which was allegedly hacked) had been correct.