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António Guterres ”deeply concerned” by continued Russian attacks in Ukraine

AA / New York / Mohammad Tarek

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed his “deep concern” over continued Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities, as well as the “appalling” humanitarian situation in the besieged city of Mariupol.

This is what emerges from a press conference held by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the Secretary General of the United Nations, at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the continued attacks on Ukrainian cities, including in Lviv, Dnieper, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv, which have caused numerous civilian casualties and destroyed residential areas, as well as civilian infrastructure,” the Secretary-General said. spokesperson.

“The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned about the appalling humanitarian situation that continues in the besieged city of Mariupol, which has been largely destroyed by weeks of violent Russian attacks,” he added.

Guterres urged “all parties to urgently establish a humanitarian ceasefire that will ensure the security of humanitarian corridors and the evacuation of the civilian population, as well as the delivery of life-saving humanitarian and medical aid. “said the spokesperson.

And to underline the need to “give a chance for real negotiations to succeed and establish a lasting peace. The Secretary-General and the United Nations are ready to support such efforts.”

“Ukraine has experienced 136 attacks on healthcare facilities, which resulted in 73 deaths and 52 injuries. Ukraine thus suffered more than 68% of all attacks on healthcare facilities worldwide in 2022,” he said. explained Dujarric.

“Our colleagues in humanitarian organizations have told us that more than one in four people have been displaced in Ukraine, some 12 million people – including 4.9 million refugees in neighboring countries and 7.1 million displaced in inside the country,” he added.

Dujarric also pointed out that “more than 1,300 United Nations personnel are involved in humanitarian relief operations in Ukraine”, explaining that as of April 15, “more than 155,000 people have received diversified financial assistance.”

On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine, which provoked strong reactions from the international community and the imposition of heavy economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.

To end the operation, Russia is demanding that Ukraine drop all plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and comply to complete neutrality, which kyiv considers an “attack on its sovereignty.”

*Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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