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The President of Ukraine criticized the United Nations Secretary-General for his visit to Russia

The President of Ukraine criticized the United Nations Secretary-General for his visit to Russia

This Saturday – April 23 – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, “without any logic”, to fly to Moscow next week before Kyiv.

“It is simply a mistake to go to Russia first and then to Ukraine.”Referring to the schedule of Guterres, who plans to travel to Moscow on Tuesday, April 26, and to Kyiv on Thursday, April 28, Zelensky told a news conference.

He added, “It is a decision without justice and without logic.”

War in Ukraine, no corpses on the streets of Moscow. The Ukrainian leader added that it would be logical for us to go to Ukraine first and see the people, and see the consequences of the occupation,” before visiting Russia.

In Ukraine, Guterres is scheduled to meet teams of UN agencies on the ground “To talk about increasing humanitarian aid to the Ukrainians.”

Since the Secretary General of that organization stated that Russia is violating the Charter of the United Nations by sending troops to Ukraine, The Russian president refused to continue any contact with him.

Guterres also had little contact with the Ukrainian leader.. They only had a phone conversation on February 26, two days after the Russian offensive began.

Guterres on Tuesday condemned the new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine and called on both sides to end the fighting to ensure a “humanitarian truce”. Four days of Orthodox Easter which is celebrated on Sunday.

Earlier, the Ukrainian president stated that the US Secretary of State and Defense, Anthony Behnken and Lloyd Austin, respectively, will visit Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, on Sunday.

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“I don’t think it’s a secret that people from the United States will come tomorrow, Secretary of State, Mr. Blinken, and Secretary of Defense, who will come to see us.”Zelensky noted at the meeting with the media.

Likewise, he noted, “We hope so When security permits, the President of the United States comes to speak to us.”

US President Joe Biden said last week that he was working on a trip by senior officials in his government to Ukraine. Sunday’s visit coincides with the celebration of Orthodox Easter.

Meeting with Putin?

Likewise, Zelensky He asked to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin “to end the war.”

“I think that whoever started the war will be able to end it,” he added, after stressing that he was not “afraid” of meeting Putin if this would allow a peace agreement between the two countries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in order to “end the war”. – Photo: (Mikhail Klementev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pond Images via The Associated Press) / Reuters

From the beginning, I insisted on holding negotiations with the Russian President. This is not what I want [reunirme con él]But I must do it to resolve this conflict through diplomatic channels.”he added.

“We trust our partners, but there is no trust with Russia,” he stressed.

Ukrainian PresidentHe warned that Kyiv would abandon peace negotiations if Russia killed Ukrainian soldiers holed up in a giant steel plant in Mariupol, A city besieged and bombed by Russian forces for about two months, in the southeast of the country.

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If our men are killed in Mariupol and if the so-called referendums are organized in the Kherson region [sur]Ukraine will withdraw from the entire negotiation process.”As he claimed.

He also said he was “ready” to “exchange our army defending Mariupol”, under “any formula”, in order to “besiege those who find themselves in a terrible situation.”

Zelensky selected it The “last contact” with the fortified soldiers in the tunnels of the huge Azovstal steel plants was “an hour ago”.

He stressed that “today is one of the most difficult days” since the start of the Russian blockade of Mariupol in early March.

UN calls for multilateralism to prosecute war crimes perpetrators in Ukraine

For his part, the United Nations High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said, He advocated cooperation between states to prosecute those responsible for crimes The “Russian War of Aggression on Ukraine”. Through many international forums.

In a statement sent this Saturday, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, Borrell once again condemned the aggression against Ukraine not only as a “humanitarian catastrophe for Ukraine and its people, but also as a flagrant violation of international law.”

The European diplomat highlighted the ongoing work to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity It was committed in Ukraine by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the Commission of Inquiry ordered by the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the Ukraine Human Rights Monitoring Mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Expert Mission.

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“Violations of international law have consequences. The European Union supports all measures to ensure accountability for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law wherever they occur.”

. added Atrocities will not go unpunished. Perpetrators of war crimes and other serious violations will be held accountable.”

Through multilateral actions we can restore security and build lasting peace for all. He noted that we owe it to the victims of conflict, their families, ourselves and future generations.

*With information from Agence France-Presse and Europa Press

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