UN Secretary-General: It is difficult to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine

After visiting Moscow, Secretary General Guterres said that the war between Russia and Ukraine cannot be ended by negotiations, but depends on a decision from the Kremlin.

“The hostilities will end only when Russia decides that, as well as when there is the possibility of reaching a serious political agreement after the ceasefire,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the media on April 27. , when he arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

According to Guterres, the current meetings and negotiations are not capable of ending the fighting in Ukraine. “We can hold all the meetings, but they won’t end the hostilities,” he said.

The statement was made by the UN Secretary-General a day after he traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss proposals for humanitarian assistance and the evacuation of civilians from conflict areas, including the Mariupol street in southeastern Ukraine.

President Putin agreed in principle to a proposal to allow the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal iron and steel plant in Mariupol, the last defensive stronghold of Ukrainian forces in the city. this street.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a press conference at the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on April 26.  Photo: AFP.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a press conference at the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on April 26. Image: AFP.

When asked what role the UN would play in the investigation of “Russian forces’ killing of civilians in the town of Bucha”, Guterres reiterated his call for an “independent investigation”.

Russia denied that its forces had killed civilians in Bucha, and expressed doubts about the independence of investigations into this incident.

During talks with Guterres in the Kremlin on April 27, Putin said efforts to negotiate with Ukraine had been derailed following accusations of “brutal behavior” by Russian forces in the town of Bucha. , a suburb of Kiev. However, Putin said that “there is still hope that agreements can be reached through diplomacy”.

Ahead of talks with President Putin and Russian officials in Moscow, Secretary General Guterres affirmed that “will continue to work to increase humanitarian assistance and ensure the evacuation of civilians from conflict areas. The sooner the end, the better for Ukraine, Russia and the world.”

Russia launched a special military operation on April 24 to “de-arm and demilitarize Ukraine”. After more than two months of hostilities, Russian forces are believed to have stepped up their ground offensive and pushed deeper into eastern Ukraine, taking control of several villages and towns in the region.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that more than 5.3 million Ukrainians had left the country after February 24. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported 5,939 civilian casualties, of which 2,787 died and 3,152 were injured. The agency warned the actual number could be much higher.

Nguyen Tien (Theo CNN)

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