United Nations Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric speak Mr. Guterres asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Kyiv.
The letters were delivered to the United Nations Delegation of Countries in New York on Tuesday.
Urgent steps towards peace
The Secretary-General said that, at this time of great danger and consequences, he would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the United Nations Charter. national and international law,” Mr. Dujarric said.
“He noted that both Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of the Organization.”
The request for the two presidents comes a day after the head of the United Nations called for a humanitarian pause in Ukraine ahead of this weekend’s Orthodox Christian Easter.
Support humanitarian pause
The UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad, has underlined The Secretary-General’s appeal comes amid a growing humanitarian crisis in the country and an increasingly aggressive Russian offensive in the east.
The four-day pause will allow people willing to leave conflict areas to travel safely and safely deliver emergency humanitarian aid to people in affected areas, he said. hardest hit are Mariupol, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.
“This week marks the rare calendar alignment of three of the holiest religious holidays, Orthodox Christian Easter, Jewish Passover, and Jewish Ramadan. Islam – it’s a time to focus on converging our concerns and putting our differences aside,” Mr Awad said.
Casualties continued to mount during the war in Ukraine, which began on February 24. As of Wednesday, there have been 5,121 civilian casualties in the country, including 2,224 killed, according to Latest updates from the UN human rights office, OHCR.
As Mr Awad stated: “The loss of life and severe injury resulting from attacks on hospitals, schools and shelters is absolutely shocking, as is the destruction of vital civilian infrastructure. domestic importance”.
Millions of people without water and electricity
The Ukraine conflict has produced the largest and fastest displacement in recent years.
Some 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes, with more than 5 million crossing borders to neighboring countries and beyond.
Many of those left behind have no access to water or electricity, while another 12 million are affected by economic hardship and a decline in services.
In eastern Ukraine, about 1.4 million people are without running water, including in the besieged port city of Mariupol. Millions of others have only limited access to water and electricity.
Additionally, about 136 attacks on healthcare facilities have been recorded since the start of the war, accounting for nearly 70% of attacks on healthcare worldwide so far this year.
Increasing insecurity, including from contamination with explosive devices, is a significant obstacle to accessing hard-to-reach areas in the east.
“This terrible number for civilians must come to an end,” Awad said, warning that the devastating impact of war could affect Ukraine for generations.
“The immediate impact of this senseless war is heaviest in Ukraine, but it could cause global division, putting 1.7 billion people worldwide at risk of poverty.”