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Ukraine: Guterres visit to Kiev achieved very little – UPDATE

By Len Port

António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations and former prime minister of Portugal, seems to have learned much but achieved little during this visit this week to Moscow and Kiev.

He spent the hours before his afternoon meeting with the Ukraine prime minister seeing for himself evidence of the atrocities committed by Russian forces in towns on the outskirts of Kiev. Tightly surrounded by security guards, he spoke emotionally. 

“When I see those destroyed buildings, I imagine my family in one of those homes now destroyed and black, I see my granddaughters running in panic,” said Guterres. 

He continued: “The war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil and when you see these situations our heart of course stays with the victims. Our condolences to their families. But our emotions – there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century.” 

The UN secretary-general also visited the scene of the alleged Russian killings of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians. “Here you well know how important it is for a thorough investigation and accountability,” said Guterres in the town of Bucha near the capital. 

He added that he fully supported the International Criminal Court and the need for investigations into war and humanitarian crimes. Russia has denied targeting civilians or civilian buildings.

In a joint news conference with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday evening, Guterres admitted the UN Security Council had failed to prevent or end the war in Ukraine. He said this was “a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger.” 

But Guterres reaffirmed his commitment to help save those barricaded in Mariupol, which Putin had agreed with him “”in principle.”  

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LPLen Port is a journalist and author. Born in Ireland, his first written pieces were published while he was working in the Natural History Museum, London. Since then he has worked as a news reporter, mainly in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Portugal.

In addition to reporting hard news for some of the world’s leading news organizations, he has produced countless feature articles on all sorts of subjects for a range of publications. Now living in southern Portugal, his books include travel guides and children’s stories. His ebooks – People in a Place Apart and The Fátima Phenomenon – Divine Grace, Delusion or Pious Fraud? are available from Amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. His blog posts can be viewed at algarvenewswatch.blogspot.com



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