United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres admitted on April 28 that the UN Security Council had failed to “prevent and end” Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Let me be very clear. The Security Council failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war. This is a source of great disappointment, frustration, and anger,” Guterres said at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
With the specific task to ensure global peace and security, the 15-member Security Council faced criticism for failing to act since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February.
Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council and it has vetoed more than one resolution on the war.
Guterres also defended his organization, saying that over 1,400 staff — the majority of whom are Ukrainians — are on the ground “working every day for the people of Ukraine, side by side with so many brave Ukrainian organizations.”
“Many have been here from day one — and we have sent in additional personnel since then to serve the Ukrainian people. They are engaged in an enormously complicated mission under difficult conditions,” Guterres said.
Guterres added that the operations were one of the fastest scale-up the UN has ever undertaken.
Shortly after the press conference, Russian forces launched missile strikes in Kyiv, striking residential buildings and lighting them up on fire.
Guterres had visited towns outside Kyiv where evidence of mass killings of civilians was uncovered.
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