UN Secretary-General calls for ceasefire in Ukraine

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Moscow, expressing his desire to reach a ceasefire “as soon as possible” and seek a peaceful solution in Ukraine.

“We are very interested in facilitating effective dialogue and a ceasefire as soon as possible, as well as promoting a peaceful resolution,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during talks with foreign ministers. Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow today.

This is Guterres’ first visit to Moscow since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. He is scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin after talks with the Russian Foreign Minister.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on April 26.  Photo: Reuters.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on April 26. Image: Reuters.

“I know that we have different interpretations of what is happening in Ukraine,” he said. “That doesn’t preclude the possibility of serious dialogue about how best we can reduce people’s suffering.”

Before the visit, Mr. Guterres had accused Russia of violating the UN charter by sending troops into Ukraine and had repeatedly asked relevant parties to declare a ceasefire.

The UN Secretary-General is expected to arrive in Kiev shortly after his visit to Moscow.

The United Nations today warned more than 8 million Ukrainians could be displaced this year, and stepped up calls for aid for those trapped in Ukraine’s conflict. Initially, the UN forecast this number to be around 4 million.

Nearly 5.3 million Ukrainians have left the country since Russia began its military campaign on February 24, leading to Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.

Thanh Tam (Theo AFP)

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