Guterres Deeply Concerned by Continuing Attacks on Ukraine

UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the continuing attacks on Ukrainian cities, including most recently Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.

Reading a Secretary-General’s statement at UN Headquarters, Stéphane Dujarric noted the attacks are resulting in numerous civilian casualties and destruction in residential areas, as well as civilian infrastructure.

“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned by the continuing appalling humanitarian situation in the besieged city of Mariupol, which has been largely destroyed by weeks of unrelenting Russian attacks,” Dujarric said.

António Guterres also reminds all parties that they must take utmost care exert take all necessary efforts measures to avoid civilian casualties and any damage to residential areas and civilian infrastructure.

According to the Spokesperson, the Secretary-General strongly urges all parties to enact an urgent and immediate humanitarian ceasefire, which will enable the safe and secure functioning of humanitarian corridors, help evacuate civilian residents and also deliver life-saving humanitarian and medical assistance.

“Genuine negotiations must be given a chance to succeed and to bring lasting peace,” Dujarric said.

The Secretary-General and the UN stand ready to support such efforts.

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