The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, is visiting kyiv and this Thursday he will meet with President Volodimir Zelensky. It is estimated that it will be at 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT).
In the morning, he toured three cities that were severely affected by the Russian invasion: Borodyanka, Bucha and Irpin. During the journey, which Infobae followed step by stepstressed the importance of the investigation into the possible commission of war crimes during the occupation and left a clear message for Moscow: “I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept and collaborate with the international criminal court”, Guterres said.
During his visit to the Bucha mass grave where he expressed his “full support” for the investigation of the International Criminal Court. “When we talk about war crimes we cannot forget that the worst crime is war itself”lamented the UN Secretary General.
In Bucha, the UN Secretary General’s convoy then went to the mass grave, where a priest explained how they found it full of corpses. “When I see this horrific site I feel how important investigation and accountability are”expressed the United Nations leader.
Guterres was also in Borodyanka and Irpinso together with Bucha they are three of the most devastated municipalities in the kyiv region.
In the central square of Borodyanka, a military spokesman explained to Guterres that 25% of the buildings were destroyed and that at least 400 civilians diedbut they are still finding bodies and exhuming corpses.
Throughout the kyiv regionexplained this military spokesman, there were 22,000 bombingsand unexploded devices continue to be located, as well as anti-personnel mines.
“When I see those destroyed buildings, I imagine my family in one of those houses that are now destroyed. I see my granddaughters running, panicking”said Guterres, who after sending his condolences to the affected families remarked that “War is unacceptable in the 21st century.”
Guterres entered Ukraine yesterday across the Polish border after first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. in a peace mission that pursues, on the one hand, that the terror ends as soon as possible, and on the other that “humanitarian aid can reach the people who need it.
“There are many parts of Ukraine that we cannot reach, for example Mariupol, or Kherson. It is urgent that an agreement be reached with humanitarian corridors and that the people who need it can be evacuated”, sources from the UN humanitarian branch explain about the purpose of this visit.
In Irpin, a municipality with a large part of its buildings destroyed by bombing, Guterres has remarked that “everyone in the world has to remember one thing: whenever there is a war, the worst price is always paid by civilians”.
The head of the UN will not only see the president Zelensky and his foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba but will also meet with staff from UN agencies to discuss “how to optimize humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine”.
Guterres proposed the creation of a Contact Group with Russia and Ukraine for “the search for the possibilities of opening safe humanitarian corridors with a ceasefire to guarantee that they are really effective” in the areas of Ukraine affected by the fighting.
This is the first trip Guterres has made to the two countries immersed in a war since mid-February.when Russia launched its troops against eastern and northern Ukraine, triggering the largest movement of refugees in Europe for several decades.
Infobae accompanied the UN Secretary General before his meeting with Zelensky on a visit to the cities devastated by Russian troops
The Ukrainian government claimed that it has the “right” to attack military targets on Russian territory