May 22, 2022

United Nations Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres addresses the United Nations Safety Council throughout a gathering, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on the United Nations Headquarters in New York Metropolis on April 5.ANDREW KELLY/Reuters

United Nations Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres has individually requested Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to obtain him to debate steps to result in peace following Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned separate letters had been handed to the everlasting missions of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon asking Putin to obtain Guterres in Moscow and Zelensky to obtain him in Kyiv.

“The Secretary-Normal mentioned, presently of nice peril and consequence, he wish to focus on pressing steps to result in peace in Ukraine and the way forward for multilateralism based mostly on the Constitution of the United Nations and worldwide legislation,” Dujarric mentioned in an announcement.

Guterres on Tuesday known as for a four-day Orthodox Easter humanitarian pause in combating in Ukraine to permit for the protected passage of civilians to go away areas of battle and the supply of humanitarian help to hard-hit areas.

Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the most important assault on a European state since 1945, has killed or wounded hundreds. Greater than 12 million folks want humanitarian help within the nation right this moment, Guterres has mentioned.

Since beginning what it calls a particular operation to demilitarize Ukraine, Russia has bombed cities to rubble and a whole bunch of civilian our bodies have been present in cities after its forces withdrew. It denies focusing on civilians and says, with out proof, that indicators of atrocities had been staged.

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Western international locations and Ukraine accuse Putin of unprovoked aggression.

European Council President Charles Michel met Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy throughout a shock go to to Kyiv on Wednesday, following visits by different Western leaders, together with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen.

U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned on Tuesday that he doesn’t know if he’ll journey to Kyiv after Ukraine’s wartime chief known as on him to go to.

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