The UN Secretary-General said that there was no prospect of a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine “in the near future”, stressing that he was ready to help find a peace solution in accordance with international law.
“It has become clear to us that at the moment there are no prospects of a ceasefire or peace negotiations,” António Guterres said at a joint press conference with Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen in Vienna.
“Therefore, we are focusing on improving conditions” for the evacuation of civilians and cooperating with the Red Cross in establishing humanitarian corridors, added Guterres, who traveled from Moldova for this visit to Austria.
“This shows that there is still much we can do at the diplomatic level to save lives and mitigate damage,” said the United Nations Secretary-General.
The war in Ukraine “will not last forever, at some point there will be satisfactory negotiations, a solution in accordance with international law and the rules of the United Nations”, he said.
“Then I’ll be ready… But I don’t see that happening in the near future,” he added.
“One thing I can assure you: I will never give up,” Guterres declared.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the UN, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive caused the flight of more than 13 million people, of which more than 5.6 million left the country, according to the latest UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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