War against Ukraine: UN accepts declaration

Status: 07.05.2022 00:27

More than two months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the UN issued a statement expressing its “deep concern”. Meanwhile, helpers were able to rescue more civilians from the beleaguered Mariupol Steel Mill.

In its first statement on the war in Ukraine, the UN Security Council backed the peace efforts of UN Secretary General António Guterres. “The Security Council expresses its strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General to seek a peaceful solution,” the statement said.

UN Security Council issues first joint statement on war in Ukraine

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The statement was unanimously approved by the UN body – Russia also accepted it. The short text does not mention the terms “war”, “invasion”, “conflict” or the Russian terminology “special military operation”. The text “expresses deep concern for the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”. This is the first statement from the highest UN body on the war in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24.

Guterres underlined this in a reaction to the statement: “Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine.” As he has repeatedly said, the world must come together to silence the guns and uphold the values ​​of the Charter of the United Nations.

Russia has a right of veto

While the deal is seen as the weakest possible statement from the panel, it’s also a beacon of hope that stalled diplomacy on the East River in New York can get some movement. “Following the UN Secretary-General’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this is a signal that Russia and the West are ready to give Guterres a chance for more shuttle diplomacy,” he said. UN expert Richard Gowan of the Crisis Group think tank.

Russia, after invading Ukraine, used its veto power to prevent any possible war-related action by the Council. Western diplomats describe deep disagreements in their day-to-day dealings with representatives from Moscow. The five permanent members and the veto powers United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain as well as ten non-permanent states belong to the Security Council.

Saved 50 civilians from a steel mill

Over the past few days, UN chief Guterres had received approval from Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol under United Nations supervision.

According to Russian sources, another 50 civilians were evacuated from the last Ukrainian stronghold of Mariupol, the Azovstal steel plant, including 11 children. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk confirmed the evacuation of 50 civilians. The action was “very slow” as the Russian military repeatedly violated the ceasefire.

Both sides said the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal is expected to continue today. According to Ukrainian sources, the operations carried out by the UN in recent days have managed to evacuate nearly 500 civilians from the city and the steelworks. Hundreds of soldiers holed up in the industrial complex. Russia had announced a three-day ceasefire for evacuation operations. A total of 100,000 people would hold Mariupol.

conflicting parties as a source

In the current situation, the information on the course of the war, the shelling and the victims provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body.

Selenskyj invites Scholz

In the midst of this dramatic situation, President Zelenskyj yesterday extended an invitation to Chancellor Olaf Scholz for May 9 in Kyiv. At an event hosted by London-based think tank Chatham House, Selenskyj also said he had spoken to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and extended an invitation to him and Scholz. You can come anytime.

So far, Scholz has not traveled to Ukraine for a solidarity visit. In mid-April, the Ukrainian government rejected a visit by Federal President Steinmeier, accusing him of a pro-Russian policy in the past. Scholz then said he did not wish to travel to Ukraine at this time. It is not yet known if Scholz will accept the invitation.

What happens on May 9?

International observers speculate that the Kremlin would like to celebrate the complete conquest of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions on May 9, the historic “Victory Day.” Due to the hesitant advance of the Russian army, this is no longer realistic.

According to the British MoD, the objective could also be the complete capture of Mariupol. According to US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby, most of the troops have already left Mariupol. The main fighting has been concentrated in Donbass, in eastern Ukraine.

Prior to May 9, the Pentagon could see no change in Russia’s approach or a different dynamic, Kirby said. The United States believes Russia is overdue for the invasion and not making the progress the Kremlin is hoping for in the Donbass, Kirby added.

Robert Kempe, WDR zzt.Kiew, on Putin’s possible victory parade in Mariupol on May 9

daily topics 9:45 p.m., 6.5.2022

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