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Zelenskyy calls Russia a 'terrorist state'

Update : 16 Nov 2022, 19:52

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told G20 leaders there was a "terrorist state" among them. Meanwhile, Berlin rejected the Ukrainian defense minister's call for a no-fly zone over the country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday told G20 leaders there was a "terrorist state" among them, accusing Russia of a missile strike on Poland that killed two people.

Speaking by video link, Zelenskyy called the strike "a true statement brought by Russia for the G20 summit."

He addressed the G20 summit for the second time, but several leaders had already departed the Indonesian island of Bali, which hosted the gathering. Among them was Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who flew out on Tuesday evening.

Those who remained heard Zelenskyy tell the summit: "There is a terrorist state among you, and we are defending ourselves against it. That is the reality."

He also called for a "quick reaction" to the strike in Poland.

Poland has said there is no clear evidence on who launched the missile, and US President Joe Biden said it was "unlikely" it had been fired from Russia, which has denied involvement.

Following the deaths in Poland, Ukraine's defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, called for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

"We were asking to close the sky, because sky has no borders. Not for uncontrolled missiles. Not for the threat they carry for our EU & NATO neighbours. Gloves are off. Time to win," he wrote on Twitter.


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