UN Chief Guterres urges Fighting in Ukraine must stop

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to military actions in Ukraine on Monday.

"Ukraine's war must come to an end. It's raging all throughout the country, on land, air, and sea. It has to come to an end right now, "He spoke during a UN General Assembly emergency special session on Ukraine.

"It's time to stop. Soldiers must return to their barracks. Leaders must strive for peace. The safety of civilians must be ensured. Humanitarian and human rights law must be upheld on a global scale. Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity must be protected within its internationally recognized borders "Guterres stated.

"We are not only witnessing a tragedy in Ukraine, but also a massive regional crisis with possibly catastrophic consequences for all of us," he said.

"Russian nuclear forces were placed on high alert yesterday. This is a terrifying turn of events. The prospect of a nuclear war is simply unthinkable. There is no justification for the use of nuclear weapons." According to Guterres, the only true solution is peace. He expressed optimism that the direct discussions between Ukrainian and Russian delegates will result in not only an immediate halt to the violence, but also a route toward a diplomatic solution.

"All peaceful attempts to end the violence and bring this conflict to a halt are welcomed and encouraged by me. I'd like to express my gratitude to the countries that have offered to host and facilitate negotiations.

The United Nations stands ready to assist in such endeavors "he stated "War is not the solution. It is death, human misery, pointless damage, and a huge diversion from humanity's serious challenges "he said.

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