Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

United Nations (EFE).- The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, this Thursday considered it “completely unacceptable” that the possibility of using nuclear weapons is being put on the table, after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened all use. Its solution in the context of the war in Ukraine.

“The idea of ​​a nuclear conflict, sometimes unthinkable, has become a matter of debate. It is completely unacceptable,” Guterres said as he opened a Security Council ministerial meeting on the conflict.

The UN chief also condemned plans to hold a referendum in Ukraine’s occupied territories and warned that any annexation of territory by force was a violation of international law.

Once again, Guterres condemned the horrors of the war, recalling that “thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed or injured, mainly by Russian bombing of urban areas” and that some 14 million people have been forced to flee their homes. .

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Security Council's ministerial meeting on the conflict in Ukraine on September 22, 2022.  EFE/Justin Lane
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the Security Council on the conflict in Ukraine. EFE/Justin Lane

“The situation could worsen as winter approaches and gas and electricity supplies dwindle,” he warned.

The Portuguese diplomat also warned of the risk of a nuclear disaster due to the situation at the Zaporizhia plant, which is held by Russia and has been the target of repeated attacks, and demanded that all bombings against such facilities be stopped and returned to civilian hands.

Concerns over Russian integration

Amid a sharp rise in tensions following Putin’s latest announcement, including the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists, Guterres urged all countries to avoid further escalation.

“There is only one way to end the suffering of Ukraine and that is to end the war,” said Guterres, who assured that he would “continue to work to achieve peace in accordance with international law and the UN Charter.”

Heads of diplomacy of all Security Council powers, including Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and American Anthony Blinken, as well as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, participated in the meeting held today.

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