Russian invasion of Ukraine inflaming three-dimensional global crisis, says UN chief

4 June, 01:47 PM
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (Photo:Reuters / MAXIM SHEMETOV)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (Photo:Reuters / MAXIM SHEMETOV)

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine is inflaming a three-dimensional global crisis, including food, energy and finance, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on June 3.

"The conflict has already taken thousands of lives, caused untold destruction, displaced millions of people, resulted in unacceptable violations of human rights and is inflaming a three-dimensional global crisis – food, energy and finance – that is pummeling the most vulnerable people, countries and economies," Guterres said in the statement on the 100th day of the war in Ukraine.

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According to Guterres, from the first days of the war, the United Nations has been in Ukraine to support the Ukrainian people in dealing with the humanitarian impact of the conflict, while also drawing attention to the dangers and long-term implications of continued fighting and potential escalation of hostilities for the country, the wider region and the world.

The UN chief stressed that "resolving this conflict will require negotiations and dialogue."

"The sooner the parties engage in good-faith diplomatic efforts to end this war, the better for the sake of Ukraine, Russia and the world. The United Nations stands ready to support all such efforts," he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine is ready to participate in negotiations, but says Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is not prepared to negotiate in good faith.

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