The Security Council failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday while visiting Kyiv, stressing that it makes him feel great disappointment, frustration, and anger.
According to Guterres, who visited towns around Kyiv that are ravaged by Russian atrocities against civilians, the UNSC failed to take enough action to prevent and end Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, Guterres described Ukraine as an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain where he witnessed the massive destruction, the senseless loss of life, and unacceptable violations of human rights as well as the laws of war.
He pointed out that it is of the greatest importance that UN mechanisms, especially the International Criminal Court, conduct their work to make sure there can be real accountability.
UN Secretary-General met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow a few days ago to discuss cessation of hostilities in the Ukraine war and de-escalations of tensions, reiterating the UN position that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of its territorial integrity and of the UN Charter.
Ukrainian officials accused Russia earlier on Thursday of targeting Kyiv with at least five cruise missiles while Guterres and Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov were visiting Zelenskyy.
Zelenskyy has claimed later that Moscow carried out the strike to deliberately humiliate the United Nations and everything that the organization represents, noting that it says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions.
Noting in a tweet on Thursday that this attack is Russia’s way to demonstrate once again its attitude towards Ukraine, Europe, and the world, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the attacks a heinous act of barbarism.