On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed redoubling efforts to save lives and reduce human suffering in Ukraine.
“I am touched by the resilience and courage of the Ukrainian people. My message to them is simple: we will not give up,” he added on his Twitter account.
He also said the United Nations will redouble their efforts in this war, like in all wars, adding: “Civilians are always the ones who pay the highest price.”
I was moved by the resilience and courage of the people of Ukraine. My message to them is simple: we won’t give up.
– Antonio Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 29, 2022
The Russian Defense Ministry announced today that it has carried out a “high-precision” air strike on Kiev, while UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in visit to the Ukrainian capital.
Kiev was the subject of Russian bombing on Thursday evening, in coinciding with the visit of the highest UN official in the first such attacks on the capital since mid-April, according to AFP correspondents.
AFP reporters also saw a fire engulf a floor in one of the buildings in the capital and the windows broken, while a large number of security and ambulance officers were deployed on the spot.
Harsh criticism from Kiev
Interestingly, the UN Secretary-General had arrived in Ukraine, after a visit on Tuesday to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss the conflict between the two countries, push for calm, and in particular the evacuation of civilians from the city of Mariupol.
While the Ukrainian presidency harshly criticized him, due to the program of that visit, which should have started in Kiev, according to Zelensky, who during one of his video speeches, commenting on the visit of the UN official, said: “I do not see corpses on the streets of Moscow “, referring to destruction and death. That hit the Ukrainian capital, which requires a strong message of support from the United Nations, embodied by visiting it first.
It is noteworthy that since the beginning of the Russian military operation on the territory of its western neighbor, the United Nations has condemned the fighting and the conflict, while the Western countries have sided with Kiev, supporting it with weapons and equipment, against Moscow, which has imposed thousands of sanctions.
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