UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is visiting Russia and Ukraine. He will first travel to Russia on Tuesday (April 26) for a three-day visit. Meanwhile, many are sharply critical of the UN over the Ukraine crisis. That being said, the world’s highest agency has taken limited steps to address the crisis. This information was given in a report of Qatar based media Al Jazeera.
Russia’s ongoing offensive in Ukraine has already lasted three months. UN agencies are still gaining momentum to enter eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, an extreme humanitarian crisis has spread in the area. Moreover, the UN Security Council has so far failed to pass a resolution condemning the war. Because Russia is a permanent member of this important council. The country has veto power.
Guterres will try to give a new impetus to UN activities, which will help evacuate citizens from stranded cities, said Jean-Marc Rickley, head of global and emerging risk at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is upset over the UN Secretary-General’s visit to Moscow. The Kremlin has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 after a month-long standoff with the United States. Ukraine’s security forces have been battling Russian forces for more than two months. As many as 5.2 million people have fled Ukraine, in addition to the many casualties in the fighting between the two sides.