What You Need To Know:
✔️UN is in serious decline, but any attempts to reform it have never worked;
✔️General Assembly is an excellent place to meet and secure support for your ideas;
✔️The removal of the UN from the occupied territories in Eastern Ukraine is disturbing;
✔️UN members, like Russia, using veto power to block resolutions on conflicts in which they're actively participating is deplorable.
Mykola Gnatovsky, Professor of International Law, Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv says that, "my expectations from the General Assembly are rather low, I would say that the United Nations itself is in a permanent crisis."
He believes that Putin's trip is an opportunity to rally support behind Russia's position, much in the same way that President Poroshenko's trip to the UN is an attempt to persuade world leaders to back Ukraine.
On the subject of the removal of the UN from the occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine, Gnatovsky says that kicking out the UN is a very sad step, especially for people who need their assistance the most because the UN plays such a prominent role in humanitarian assistance there.
Hromadske International co-hosts Ian Bateson and Christian Borys interviewed Mykola Gnatovsky on September 27th, 2015.