Coming from Russia Guterres promises from Kiev to guarantee the evacuation of civilians

Today, Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged to continue working to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and to ensure the evacuation of civilians from conflict areas.

Guterres announced on his Twitter account that he has arrived in Ukraine after a visit to Moscow, emphasizing its continued work for humanitarian support in Ukraine.

“The sooner this war ends, the better for Ukraine, Russia and the world,” he said.

Guterres met Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday in Moscow for the first time since the war began in Ukraine.

The United Nations said it had agreed to organize an evacuation from the besieged steel mill in the affected city of Mariupol.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Putin and Guterres “discussed proposals for humanitarian aid and the evacuation of civilians from conflict areas,” in particularly Mariupol “.

He said they also agreed, in in principle, that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) should be involved in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant, where Ukrainian defenders are based in the southeastern city.

Dujarric added that discussions will be held with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Russian Defense Ministry. in about the evacuation.

During the meeting, which according to the United Nations lasted almost two hours, Guterres criticized the Russian military operation in Ukraine, calling it a “blatant violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity” and urged Moscow to allow the evacuation of civilians trapped in the steel plant.

Putin replied that Russian forces had provided humanitarian corridors for the civilians holed up in the factory, but said Ukrainian defenders of the factory were using the civilians as human shields, not allowing them to leave.

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