“In their desire to defeat Russia by any means, they cannot sacrifice Ukraine alone, they are ready to plunge the entire world into the abyss of war,” he said. The UN representative representing Russia at the UN General Assembly marked the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Suffering and disaster may worsen”
Before him, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opened the General Assembly. “The first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represents a dark milestone for the Ukrainian people and the international community. This invasion is an affront to our collective conscience,” he said.
Condemning the humanitarian consequences and human rights abuses, he condemned Russia’s violation of the United Nations Charter, saying its “attack on Ukraine challenges the principles and values at the heart of our multilateral system”.
“Vladimir Putin can’t leave power, hoping for a peaceful retirement after what he’s done”
The Secretary-General also reiterated his fears of a wider conflict. “In one year, we have not only seen suffering and disasters multiply, but it is also clear how bad it can get,” he said.
“The potential consequences of conflict escalation are a clear and present danger,” he began, reiterating the risks associated with the “hidden threats” of using nuclear weapons and “irresponsible” military operations around nuclear power plants. .
“It’s time to move away from the underworld,” declared Antonio Guterres, who recently expressed his disbelief in a quick exit from the crisis. “While the outlook may seem bleak today, we must act knowing that real and lasting peace must be based on the principles of the UN Charter and international law,” he said. “The longer the fighting goes on, the harder this job will be.”
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