OREANDA-NEWS. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, during a speech on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly, accused the Russian Federation of trying to return to dividing the world into spheres of influence. The video message was broadcast on the organization’s YouTube channel.

Zelensky said that the very founding of the UN became a symbol of the fact that humanity has learned the tragic lesson of the Second World War, but Russia’s actions towards Ukraine indicate that this lesson has not been learned. He noted that this is not only a war in Ukraine, but a war in Europe. This is not just an encroachment on the sovereignty of an independent state, it looks like an attempt to return to the division of spheres of influence in the world, Zelensky concluded.

The Republic of Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum. The USA, European Union countries and some other states consider Crimea to be a part of Ukraine. Sanctions were imposed on Moscow over Crimea and the conflict in Donbass. The restrictions have been extended several times.