The UN Secretary General acknowledged that he does not see the end of the war in Ukraine “in the immediate future”

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, addresses the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18, 2023. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (ARND WIEGMANN/)

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, acknowledged that he does not see that the war in Ukraine could end “in the immediate future.””, for which he has called to continue showing solidarity with the citizens who are suffering firsthand the ravages of the invasion launched in February 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There will be an end, but I don’t see it in the immediate future,” Guterres said, pessimistic that there could be “at this time” a “serious” dialogue between the Ukrainian and Russian authorities. “A solution based on international law and that respects territorial integrity is needed,” he added.

In this sense, from the Davos World Economic Forum (Switzerland), recalled that the two parties have “different ideas” on different aspects, such as “what the Russian empire was”, and warned that “this makes it difficult to find a solution”.

On the other hand, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, today asked the political leaders faster decisions on arms transfers to your country during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of a helicopter crash in his country, including the Minister of the Interior, Denis Monastirski.

“The world must be faster in supplying us with air defense missiles and tanks,” Zelensky said when speaking by videoconference from kyiv, considering that the world has not made decisions as quickly as the war situation requires, a situation that Russia benefits.

Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska (left) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a session of the Davos Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska (left) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a session of the Davos Forum in Switzerland on Jan. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (Markus Schreiber/)

Zelensky thanked the audience for observing a minute’s silence for those killed in the helicopter crash and for all those killed in the war, and made a comparison between the little time needed and the great damage that can be caused.

“On January 14, a Russian missile only needed 3 minutes to kill 45 people when it hit a residential building in dnipro“, he pointed.

And for this reason, he insisted on several occasions on the need for the world to react “decisively and quickly” to Russia’s actions, since the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, -he said- did not hesitate to take Crimea (in 2014) or to attack Ukraine in 2022.

“We must accelerate military support, the supply to Ukraine of air defense systems and tanks“, he claimed.

However, he declared himself convinced that “the civilized world” will emerge victorious in the face of the threat from Russia and that this will be achieved with unity.

To a question from the interviewer about whether the situation at the front is stagnant after the successes achieved at the end of last year by the Ukrainian forces, Zelensky replied that the war continues, the battles are daily in the east of the country and that the Ukrainians “ We remain strong and united, because we are motivated”.

About the helicopter incident today near kyiv that caused the death of the Interior leadership, including the minister, and several children from a nursery, Zelensky emphasized that “it is not an accident, because it is due to the war, it is one of The consequences of war”.

And asked if he feared at any time for his personal safety, the Ukrainian president replied: “No, I’m not worried, and I have nothing more to add”, amid applause from the audience, including his wife, Olana Zelenska , present in Davos since yesterday, Tuesday.

With information from EFE

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