UN chief calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has stressed that the UN will work to establish a ceasefire to end the humanitarian crisis unfolding in eastern Ukraine and other parts of Ukraine. other regions of the country.

Antonio Guterres spoke to reporters at UN headquarters in New York on Monday. He said he asked one of his deputies to immediately explore with relevant parties the possibility of implementing a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine.

He said he entrusted the mission to Under-Secretary-General Martin Griffiths. Griffiths is in charge of humanitarian affairs.

António Guterres said: “A cessation of hostilities will deliver essential humanitarian aid and allow civilians to move around safely. He added: “It will save lives, prevent suffering and protect civilians.”

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the eastern port city of Mariupol and other parts of Ukraine as the Russian military operation continues.

Guterres was asked if Griffiths would try to meet with senior Russian and Ukrainian leaders. He replied that he hoped the envoy could visit both Moscow and Kyiv as soon as possible.

Russia’s permanent mission to the United Nations issued a statement expressing regret over the UN chief’s remarks.

He said Guterres did not refer to a Russian-drafted Security Council resolution on humanitarian aid that was rejected by other members.