Recent images of a Ukrainian soldier apparently being summarily killed was a “shocking” and “tragic reminder that the laws of war must be strictly respected”, the UN chief added.
Violation of the Charter
He reiterated that exports of Ukrainian, as well as Russian food and fertilizers, are essential to global food security and prices. He said it was critical for the initiative to continue beyond this month’s expiration. UN Photo/Vitalii Ukhov “They are all owed effective accountability” the UN chief said. “The position of the United Nations, which I have consistently expressed, is crystal clear: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter and international law”, declared the UN chief. UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) has visited Ukraine three times in less than a year. “I want to express my deep solidarity with all the victims of the war. To those who have lost their lives and to their loved ones. To those who have seen their hopes dashed or had to flee in search of survival. He reiterated once again, that the sovereignty, independence, and integrity of Ukraine must be upheld within it’s recognized international borders, established at independence in 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Until a just peace can be attained, he said the UN would continue working hard to mitigate the impacts of a war “which has caused enormous suffering for the Ukrainian people – with profound global implications.”
23 million tonnes of grain
He ran through some of the key moments where the UN had engaged to help save lives and even avoid potential nuclear disaster, including the evacuation of civilians from the stricken Azovstal steel plant in the destroyed city of Mariupol last year. António Guterres expressed “deep solidarity” with all of those who have become victims of the full-scale Russian invasion of February last year. At the same time, he added, “we will continue to support solutions for humanitarian problems wherever possible on every front – such as a meaningful expansion of the current exchange of prisoners of war until it is completed.” The Secretary-General noted the UN had been on the ground throughout the invasion, delivering aid to millions. The deal, managed by a Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, has contributed to lowering the global cost of food and provided “critical relief to people, who are also paying a high price for this war, particularly in the developing world”, Mr. Guterres noted.
Support for solutions
The deal is due to expire in less than two weeks, after being extended last November, when a breakthrough was made on increasing the flow of Russian fertiliser which had been held up in European ports. The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, has been “fully mobilized to try and preserve the safety and security of nuclear power plants in Ukraine, including in Zaporizhzhia”, the UN chief said.