(Special Ambassador to Ukraine) Hours before his formal meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Volodymyr Zhelensky, President of Ukraine, Antonio Guterres made a lightning trip to three cities that had been genocidal by Russian troops.Since the invasion began in February.
Among the nine car caravans and impressive security display, Guterres made his first stop in the city center of Borodianka Accompanied by General Oleksandr Pavliuk, a member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
At the end of this part of the trip, Guterres had a brief conversation with reporters: “Of course, our heart goes out to the victims and their families, but That fact must be taken into account. ” He pointed to the damage to the buildings under attack.
At your second stop UN The secretary spoke with officials and residents of PuchaWho told him about the horrors experienced in the area in the days of intense attacks.
This has been condemned by many countries around the world Russian President Vladimir Putin committed war crimes in Pucha. And world leaders also visited the area and learned firsthand what happened there.
“We urge the Russian Federation to co-operate in the investigation of war crimes.“, Said the officer.”When talking about war crimes, one must not forget that the worst of crimes is war.He added.
Finally, Guterres was in Irbine to confirm another bloody and devastating scene of the Russian invasion. He was also present at the city cemetery, which was filled with victims of attacks by the Kremlin troops.
After his tour the UN He is scheduled to meet with President Zhelensky in the Ukrainian capitalIn this they are expected to break down many very important topics.
One of the items on the agenda is to focus on outlining a road map that will allow the Ukrainian people to discover the desired peace so that Russian attacks can be stopped.
In addition, Guterres hopes to set up a humanitarian walkway in the city of Mariupol, which has been severely affected by Putin, and more than 60 people have recently been reported to be at risk of death from drug shortages.
The UN Secretary General was also in Moscow this Tuesday Met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Guterres disagreed with Vladimir Putin on calling Russia’s military campaign an “invasion.”He called for cooperation with the international community in opening humanitarian routes.
“It simply came to our notice then There are two different perspectives on what is happening in UkraineGuterres told a news conference.
In consultation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Guterres confirmed that he had experienced tense moments. Russia defines the current conflict as “a special military operation.”At the same time, according to the UN (…), the The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the territorial integrity of a country in violation of UN laws.
An anxiety that deepens due “Continued Reports of International Humanitarian Violations and Possible War Crimes”He stressed that these facts “require an independent inquiry.”
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