Statement by the Secretary General – on Ukraine

In his statement today, Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated its call on President Putin to halt the military operation in Ukraine and bring back the troops Russia.

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Statement by the Secretary General – on Ukraine

“We are witnessing Russian military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine on a scale that Europe has not seen for decades.

Day after day, I have been clear that such unilateral measures are directly contrary to the Charter of the United Nations.

The Charter is clear: “All members shall refrain, in their international relations, from resorting to the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other way inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations“.

The use of force by one country against another is the repudiation of the principles that each country is committed to respecting.

This applies to the current military offensive.

It is wrong.

It is against the charter.

It is unacceptable.

But it is not irreversible.

I reiterate my appeal to President Putin last night:

Stop the military operation.

Bring the troops back to Russia.

We know the toll of the war.

With the death toll rising, we see images of fear, anguish and terror in every corner of Ukraine.

People – ordinary innocent people – always pay the highest price.

That is why the UN is stepping up its humanitarian operations in and around Ukraine.

Today, I am announcing that we will immediately allocate $20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to meet urgent needs.

We and our humanitarian partners pledge to stay and deliver, to support people in Ukraine in times of need.

United Nations personnel work on both sides of the line of contact, always guided by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, humanity and independence.

We bring life-saving humanitarian aid to people in need, no matter who or where they are.

The protection of civilians must be the number one priority.

International humanitarian law and human rights must be respected.

The decisions of the next few days will shape our world and directly affect the lives of millions and millions of people.

In accordance with the Charter, it is not too late to save this generation from the scourge of war.

We need peace.

Thank you.”

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