The call comes after attacks on cities across the country – most recently Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv – that resulted in numerous casualties and destruction of civilians.
Guterres is also deeply concerned about the continuing worsening humanitarian situation in the besieged port city of Mariupol, United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in New York.
Give the negotiations a chance
“The Secretary-General strongly urges all parties to enact an urgent and immediate humanitarian ceasefire, which will allow for the safe and secure operation of humanitarian corridors, helping to civilians and also provide life-saving medical and humanitarian assistance,” speak Mr. Dujarric, speaking during the daily briefing at UN Headquarters.
He stressed that “genuine negotiations must be given the opportunity to succeed and bring about lasting peace”, saying the UN stands ready to support such efforts.
Genuine negotiations must be given the chance to succeed and bring lasting peace – UN chief
Ahead of the meeting, UN aid chief Martin Griffiths told journalists that although the orders to stop humanitarian operations in Ukraine “haven’t happened yet”, they are likely to be in the coming weeks.
Mr Griffiths reported on his visit to Russia and Ukraine earlier this month, where he held discussions with senior UN officials about his “aspiration” for a humanitarian pause and how to improve improved notification systems to allow safe passage of humanitarian and supply personnel.
Travel to Turkey
“It is clear that we have not yet implemented the humanitarian ceasefire from the Russian side,” he say. “I’ve learned a lot of details about this and they keep promising to get back to me with details of those proposals.”
Mr. Griffiths will travel to Turkey this week to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about chairing humanitarian talks between Russia and Ukraine.
On Sunday, the Secretary-General said with President Erdoğan, expressing unwavering support for the Istanbul process regarding the war in Ukraine. He also stressed the need for humanitarian corridors for aid distribution and evacuation.
Asked about Turkey’s role, Mr Griffiths said he was impressed by how the country presented itself to both sides as a “really valuable and useful host” for the talks. .
“In classical mediation terms, there is no real reconciliation between the Russians and the Ukrainians,” he said, “but I think the Turks come closest to it of all the countries.” member”.
On the prospect of a ceasefire, Griffiths pointed to the example of Yemen, where the warring parties have implemented a two-month truce.
“The fires are down, they are not on the horizon right now. But they can in a few weeks; they can take a little longer than that,” he say. “And it will all depend on two things: war, of course … and negotiations.”
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