Ukraine.- Facing a dramatic escalation in tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin ordered to put in high alert nuclear deterrent forces Given this situation, the Secretary General of the United Nations considered that this measure is chilling not only for Ukraine but also for the world, as he pointed out that this great crisis could have disastrous implications for everyone.
“Yesterday, the Russian nuclear forces went on high alert. This is a chilling fact. The mere idea of a nuclear conflict is simply inconceivable.”said António Guterres before the General Assembly during an emergency session by Ukraine and stated that there is nothing that can justify the use of nuclear weapons.
During the session called to find a resolution to the Russian offensive, the secretary general also mentioned that the distribution of weapons to the civilian population is an action that the Ukrainian government has taken to defend the country, while rejecting Russian claims that its attacks target Ukraine’s military installations.
“This escalation of violence is causing the death of civilians, it is totally unacceptable. It’s enough. The soldiers must return to their barracks. Leaders need to move towards peace.” insisted.
Guterres mentioned that this escalation has caused the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis in Europe in decades, so he called on neighboring countries to unite to provide support in the coming days and weeks.
As in previous sessions, the UN leader reiterated that the only true solution is peace and pointed out that some of the possible consequences of a worsening conflict are terrifying to contemplate.
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“War is not the answer. (…) Humanity cannot allow itself the luxury of locking itself in a mentality that brings to light the worst of past centuries. The people in Ukraine want and need peace. I think people in the Russian Federation too. We need peace now.” concluded the secretary general.
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