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    Ukraine’s Leader Wants to Visit UN on Invasion Anniversary

    Ukraine’s Leader Wants to Visit UN on Invasion Anniversary

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants to visit the United Nations to address a high-level meeting of the 193-member General Assembly on the eve of the first anniversary of 's Feb. 24 invasion of his country if the security situation permits, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Friday.

    First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova cautioned in an interview with The Associated Press that many factors need to be in place for him to come, citing first and foremost the situation on the ground and a warning from Ukraine's intelligence service that Russia is planning “a very serious offensive in February.”

    “Our president would want to come, he has a will or intention to come,” she said, “but it's still a question if there will be a security situation that will allow him to come.”

    If Zelenskyy does come to the U.N., it would be only his second trip outside Ukraine since the invasion. He made a surprise visit to on Dec. 21 to meet his most important backers in the war against Russia — President Joe Biden and members of Congress whom he thanked for their support and told that “against all odds” Ukraine still stands.

    Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said the General Assembly has already scheduled a high-level debate on the war on Feb. 23, which will be followed by a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on Feb….

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