UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for an end to the “unreasonable war” started by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a month ago, warned that the conflict would “get nowhere, quickly” and that the Ukrainian people were “suffering from a living hell”.
“Continuing the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically and militarily pointless,” Guterres told reporters in New York.
Russia is throwing the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol to “ashes,” its local council said on Tuesday, describing two more large bombs that have fallen on the city, the local council said on Tuesday. The street was locked down for weeks.
“Even if Mariupol falls, Ukraine cannot be conquered city by city, street by street, house by house,” Guterres said. “This war is force majeure. Sooner or later, it will have to move from the battlefield to the peace table.”
“It’s time to end this absurd war,” he said.
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Russia launched what it called a “special military operation” on 24 February aimed at destroying Ukraine’s military infrastructure. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Moscow of indiscriminately attacking civilians. Moscow denies attacking civilians.
Mr. Guterres said about 10 million Ukrainians had been displaced and warned that the aftermath of the war was raging across the globe “with skyrocketing prices of food, energy and fertilizers threatening to lead to a global hunger crisis”.
“There is enough on the table to end the hostilities – now… and seriously negotiate – now,” Guterres said.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Rami Ayyub; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)