UN Secretary-General urges resolution to Ukraine crisis on second anniversary of Russian military operation

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Antonio Guterres

24th February 2024 – (United Nations) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the ongoing Ukraine crisis during a Security Council meeting held on Friday, coinciding with the second anniversary of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.

Guterres emphasized the urgent need for peace in Ukraine, describing the conflict as an open wound at the heart of Europe. He emphasized the importance of a just peace, one that adheres to the principles outlined in the UN Charter, international law, and UN General Assembly resolutions.

The UN Secretary-General stressed the necessity of settling international disputes through peaceful means and called on all states to refrain from threatening or using force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any other state.

Guterres highlighted the real danger of the conflict escalating and expanding, with its impact being felt globally. The conflict in Ukraine has deepened geopolitical divisions, exacerbated regional instability, limited the capacity to address urgent global issues, and undermined the shared norms and values that contribute to a safer world.

Furthermore, the conflict has resulted in a surge in food prices, economic shocks, and a global cost-of-living crisis, with developing countries bearing the brunt of these consequences. There is also a legitimate concern about the potential for a nuclear accident stemming from this conflict, which sends shivers across the international community.

Guterres called for a renewed commitment to the UN Charter and a reaffirmation of respect for international law as the way forward to achieve peace and security, not only in Ukraine but also worldwide.