UN director to confront Putin, Zelenskyy in a drive for peace

United Nations director Antonio Guterres will tour Moscow and Kyiv next week as he amps up actions to stop the two-month-long conflict in Ukraine. More than five million people have escaped the east European country, and thousands have been slain since Russia occupied on February 24. Also, there are evolving suspicions about some 100,000 civilians still residing in the occupied city of Mariupol.

Guterres will convene Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, where he will similarly hold discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Guterres will then tour Kyiv on Thursday and convene Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.In both visits, UN representative Eri Kaneko declared at a briefing in New York, Guterres strives to talk over “steps that can be carried right now” to stop the warfare and enable people to get to protection.

“He urges us to address what can be fulfilled to generate stability in Ukraine urgently,” she said. Guterres has called the Russian incursion “the awful moment” in his five years in the UN’s excellent job. His plea earlier this week for a four-day “humanitarian pause” forward of Orthodox Easter drop on deaf ears.

The UN Security Council has been paralyzed over the conflict because Russia is one of the five lasting members with veto power. In March, 141 countries in an emergency trial of the General Assembly supported a solution denouncing the conflict and dubbing on Russia to “immediately, entirely and unconditionally” rescind its battalions from Ukraine. The now-planned excursion “is an apparent emblem of what the United Nations is deemed to be living for, which is peace and safety,” retired UN Political Affairs Chief Jeffrey Feltman said to the Associated Press news agency.“I don’t believe any of us should have unreasonable expectations about what the secretary-general will be competent to attain, but he has crucial ethical strength,” added. The organization’s leading humanitarian bureaucrat toured both capitals earlier this month to examine the likelihood truce and suspicion are ascending over the destiny of civilians in Mariupol.

The Russian army encircles the strategically-important landing city, and Ukrainian combatants and civilians are holed up in a huge steel plant on the seashore. In its latest examination, the Institute for the Study of War said the Russian technique seemed to be “to die out” the persisting soldiers and civilians. Ukraine, meanwhile, has announced that it is confident that humanitarian hallways could be unlocked on Saturday to enable civilians to evacuate. Since the conflict began, Guterres has had little connection with Zelenskyy, talking with him just once by telephone on March 26. Putin has not received Guterres’s phone calls or communicated with him since the UN director said the incursion infringed the UN charter.

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