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Zelenskyy says Russia should be considered ‘terrorist state’ after Kharkiv attack

NBC News, March 1, 2022
Chantal Da Silva

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russia should be considered a “terrorist state” following a deadly attack in central Kharkiv Tuesday.

“This is terror against the city. This is terror against Kharkiv. Terror against Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in a morning speech.

Video shared on social media by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and verified by NBC News appeared to capture the attack, with an explosion rocking the Kharkiv Region State Administration Building earlier Tuesday.

The attack, Zelenskyy said, was “outright, undisguised terror” that “no one will forgive. Nobody will forget.”

“This attack on Kharkiv is a war crime,” he said. “Russia is a terrorist state.” 

Zelenskyy called on “all countries of the world to immediately and effectively respond to this crime of the aggressor’s tactics and to declare that Russia is committing state terrorism. We demand full responsibility for terrorists in international courts. “

On Monday, the International Criminal Court said it would open an investigation into whether Russia has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine.