The United Nations wants to do everything in its power to save lives in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol captured by the Russians.
After his visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the organization is ready to mobilize all its resources, UN chief António Guterres said.
Guterres suggested setting up a so-called humanitarian contact group to alleviate the suffering of civilians. In Mariupol alone, thousands of people are trapped by the violence of war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia is ready to cooperate with the UN to help civilians. But he rejected the Ukrainian proposal for consultations in Mariupol itself.
Guterres stressed the need to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible. Human suffering must be kept to a minimum. “We have a different view on things, but that doesn’t stop us from talking,” said the UN chief about his visit to Moscow. He also called for an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.
On Thursday, Guterres will meet Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and his foreign minister Dmitro Koeleba. They would have preferred that the UN leader had come to Kyiv first because the Russians had attacked Ukraine.