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Source: United Nations – in French 2
Headline: ‘The world sees you,’ UN chief tells Ukrainians, pledging to boost support
Describing Ukraine as “the epicenter of unbearable grief and pain”, the UN chief was on Thursday alongside the Ukrainian President in Kyiv, promising to increase support for the suffering population and the million people displaced by the Russian invasion.
“I am here to focus on ways the United Nations can extend its support to the people of Ukraine, save lives, reduce suffering and help find the path to peace,” Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters. journalists gathered in a majestic room, where the curtains had been drawn.
Shortly after the press conference, two missile strikes reportedly shook the capital, reminding us that the war is far from over, despite the Russian withdrawal from the suburbs surrounding the Ukrainian capital.
At least one person was killed and several others injured – some buried under the rubble as two high-rise buildings caught fire, according to reports, in the northwest of the city.
“Admiration” at Ukraine’s determination
“I want the people of Ukraine to know that the world sees you, hears you and is impressed by your resilience and determination,” the UN chief said.
“I also know that words of solidarity are not enough. I am here to focus on needs on the ground and scale up operations,” he added. “This war must end and peace must be established, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law. Many leaders have made many efforts to stop the fighting, although these efforts, so far, have not been successful”.
“I am here to tell you, Mr. President, and the Ukrainian people: we will not give up,” the UN chief said.
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits Irpin, Ukraine.
“Crisis within a crisis”: Mariupol
Guterres said the tens of thousands of civilians and fighters believed to have remained in the besieged and destroyed coastal city of Mariupol were “desperate” in need of a humanitarian corridor to escape the last place resisting Russian forces, the compound Azovstal steelworks.
“Mariupol is a crisis within a crisis. Thousands of civilians need life-saving assistance. Many are elderly, in need of medical attention or have reduced mobility. They need to escape from the apocalypse,” the Secretary-General said.
He recalled that during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, there was an agreement “in principle” to involve the UN and the Red Cross to help evacuate civilians.
“Today, President Zelensky and I had the opportunity to address this issue,” he said, adding that “as we speak, there are intense discussions to move forward on this proposal in order to make it a reality”.
Failure in New York
Recalling that Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine was a clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and of the Charter of the United Nations, Mr. Guterres expressed his categorical view that the Security Council of the United Nations had failed in its primary objective of preventing or ending the war.
“It is a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger,” he said.
“But the men and women of the United Nations work for the people of Ukraine every day, alongside so many brave Ukrainian organizations. I salute the more than 1,400 UN employees, the vast majority of whom are Ukrainian nationals. They are on the ground in nine operational centers and 30 locations,” he said.
He said the complex aid mission had been “one of the fastest surge operations we have ever undertaken, and we are very aware that all is not perfect. All that we can provide is nothing compared to the needs”.
He promised more action “at all levels – coordinating with the Ukrainian government every step of the way.”
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to the press in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Assistance to millions of people
The Secretary-General said life-saving humanitarian assistance had reached 3.4 million people inside Ukraine, adding that the UN aimed to more than double that number to 8.7 million by the end of the day. end of August.
Mr. Guterres pointed out that cash assistance was being expanded and that the UN was distributing $100 million a month, aiming to reach 1.3 million people by the end of May and two million here august.
“This is not your typical UN humanitarian operation in a developing country, with lots of governance issues and lots of difficulties. Ukraine is a country with a government and a support system for its citizens, and therefore the role of the UN is not to replace this system, it is to help the government support the Ukrainian people,” he said.
Food aid has reached 2.3 million people, the Secretary-General said, with the aim of helping four million by May and six million by June.
He said the UN would increase capacity to meet the needs of Ukraine’s 7.7 million internally displaced people, while the World Health Organization (WHO) provides trauma medical supplies and emergency care for more than seven million people.
“And we advance the work of accountability and justice by monitoring and reporting human rights violations wherever they are detected,” he added.
“Finally,” he told reporters in Kyiv, “in many ways we are at the starting point of the world we need to build – a world of respect for international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the power of multilateralism, a world that protects civilians, a world that advances human rights, a world where leaders live up to the values they have promised to uphold”.
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