Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting titled “Preserving Peace and Security in Ukraine”, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made important statements about the Ukraine-Russia war. Guterres stated that they witnessed indescribable pain in the war that has been going on for about 7 months. “It should recommit to the non-use and phasing out of weapons,” he said.
“REFERENDUM IS VIOLATION OF THE UN CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL LAW”
Guterres also spoke about the decision of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which declared their independence unilaterally in 2015 after the civil war in Ukraine that started in 2014 and officially recognized by Russia, to hold a referendum on the annexation of Russia, “Ukraine is currently the government. “I am deeply concerned by the news of plans to hold a so-called “referendum” in territories not under its control. The destruction of territory belonging to one state by the use of force by another state is a violation of the UN Convention and international law,” he said.
“LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AT IZYUM ARE VERY DISTURBING”
Speaking about the mass graves found in Izyum recently, Guterres said, “The latest developments in Izyum are quite disturbing. All these allegations should be thoroughly investigated to ensure accountability. Victims and their families have the right to justice, resolution and compensation. Impunity for international crimes. “In this case, the International Criminal Court has an important role in ensuring effective accountability. The prosecutor of the court has launched an investigation into the situation in Ukraine,” he said.
“WORLD CANNOT LEAVE A NUCLEAR DISASTER”
Guterres also said that the situation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, where Russia and Ukraine constantly blame each other, is alarming, adding, “The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in consultation with all parties concerned about the measures to be taken to ensure the safety of the facility and the surrounding areas. “His presence at the plant is an important deterrent. All attacks on nuclear facilities must cease. Any damage to nuclear infrastructure, whether intentional or not, could have dire consequences for people both around the plant and far away. The world cannot afford a nuclear disaster.” said.
“With TURKEY’S SUPPORT, AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED TO RE-START EXPORT FROM UKRAINE PORTS”
Describing the news that more than 250 POWs were exchanged between Ukraine and Russia yesterday as a pleasing development, Guterres said, “I congratulate both sides. I thank the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia for their role in reaching this agreement. Also, with the support of the Turkish government in July. Significant agreement has been reached, allowing the resumption of food and fertilizer exports from Ukraine’s 3 Black Sea ports. Since then, more than 4.3 million metric tons of food has been transported to 29 countries on 3 continents, this is the food needed for the people of Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Yemen. It includes 3 vessels chartered by the World Food Program to transport supplies. The fourth left Istanbul today and the fifth on its way.After the signing of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, global food prices fell sharply while still almost 8 percent higher than a year ago. It is vital that food shipments continue and increase. signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia on full access to global markets for Russian food and fertilizer products, including ammonia.
“THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER THAT WE ARE GATHERING TO PROTECT HERE IS SHALLING TOGETHER BEFORE OUR EYES”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was among the speakers of the UN Security Council. Stating that Russian President Vladimir Putin chose not to end the war, but to expand it, Blinken said, “Trying to annex more Ukrainian regions through fake referendums makes such a solution impossible. This is to fuel the fire that President Putin started when many leaders of the world met at the UN. “The fact that he chose the week shows his contempt for the UN Convention, the General Assembly and this council. The international order we have gathered here to protect is crumbling before our eyes. We cannot and will not let this get away with President Putin,” he said.
Stating that there are signs of torture in many of the corpses in the mass graves in Izyum, Blinken said, “While we are meeting here, Ukrainian and international researchers continue to excavate the bodies in Izyum, which was controlled by Russian forces for 6 months. There are about 440 unnamed graves in the area. So far. “Most of the corpses that were excavated had their arms broken and ropes tied around their necks. It is reported that there are signs of such torture on the bodies,” he said.