UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Friday for “soldiers to return to barracks” after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the end of the Security Council meeting where Russia vetoed the adoption of a condemnation resolution.
“Soldiers must return to the barracks, leaders need to return to the path of dialogue and peace in Ukraine,” said a solemn Guterres, who acknowledged that “today, the goal” for which the UN was born was not achieved, but “we must not give up” and “give peace another chance.”
the secretary of the UN He made this statement after the failure of the Security Council to condemn Russia, one of the five permanent members of the same together with China, the United States, Great Britain and France, which exercised its right to veto. China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstained.
The clashes on the second day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he recalled, have caused the exodus of 100,000 people, many to neighboring countries, underlining the “regional nature of the growing crisis”.
Guterres appointed this Friday Amin Awad as coordinator of the UN for the crisis of Ukraineafter unlocking, the day before 24 million dollars for humanitarian emergency aid.
Russian forces’ advance into Ukraine on Friday met stiff resistance in the capital Kiev, where President Volodymyr Zelensky defied calls by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to overthrow him.
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