UN calls for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

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UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has again called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine.

He made this call on Monday in New York on Monday, stating that the ceasefire would allow the delivery of life-saving aid as well as the evacuation of people in the country.

The UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said Mr Guterres made the appeal following Russia’s attacks on cities across Ukraine.

Mostly affected are Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv, resulting in numerous civilian casualties and destruction.

“Guterres is also greatly concerned about the continuing appalling humanitarian situation in the besieged port city of Mariupol,’’ Mr Dujarric told journalists at the UN headquarters.

“The secretary-general strongly urges all parties to enact an urgent and immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

“This will enable the safe and secure functioning of humanitarian corridors; help evacuate civilian residents and also deliver life-saving humanitarian and medical assistance,’’ he said.

He emphasised that genuine negotiations must be given a chance to succeed and bring lasting peace, noting that the UN was ready to support such efforts.

Prior to the briefing, UN relief chief, Martin Griffiths, told journalists that while humanitarian ceasefires in Ukraine were “not on the horizon right now, they could be in a couple of weeks’’.

“Obviously we have not yet got humanitarian ceasefires in place on the Russian side.

“I went into a lot of details on this, and they continue to promise to get back to me on the details of those proposals,’’ he said.