UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has addressed the Security Council on Tuesday has warned the Russian invasion in to Ukraine “is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order.”
He started by saying, “The war in Ukraine is one of the greatest challenges ever to the international order and the global peace architecture founded on the United Nations Charter because of its nature, intensity and consequences.
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“We are dealing with a full fledged invasion on several fronts. One member state of the United Nations, Ukraine by another, the Russian Federation, a permanent member of the Security Council in violation of the United Nations Charter and with several aims, including redrawing the international recognised borders between the two countries.
“The war has led to senseless loss of life, massive devastation in urban centres, and the destruction of civilian infrastructure.”
UN Secretary-General made reference to the atrocities in Ukraine, which prompted the meeting, he said, “I will never forget the horrifying images of civilians killed in Bucha, and I immediately called for an independent investigation to guarantee effective accountability.”
Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, then told the Security Council that there has been claims of gang rape perpetrated by Russian forces.
“These include gang rape and rapes in front of children,” she says.
“There are also claims of sexual violence by Ukrainian forces and civil defence militias.
“The UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine continues to seek to verify all these allegations.
“We are also concerned about disturbing videos depicting abuse of prisoners of war on both sides. All prisoners of war must be treated with dignity and full respect for their rights in accordance with international humanitarian law.
“Madam President, the many credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law from areas recently retaken from Russian forces must not go unanswered. We support efforts to examine these allegations and to gather evidence.”
DiCarlo added,”The security situation in Ukraine has seriously deteriorated,” she says.
“The number of Ukrainian civilians killed has more than doubled.
“Ukrainian cities continue to be mercilessly pounded, often indiscriminately, by heavy artillery and aerial bombardments.
“And hundreds of thousands of people, including children, the elderly and the disabled, remain trapped in encircled areas under nightmarish conditions.
“The devastation wrought on Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities cities is one of the shameful hallmarks of this senseless war.
“The horror deepened this past weekend as shocking images emerged of dead civilians, some with hands bound, lying in the streets of Bucha, the town near Kyiv, formerly held by Russian forces.
“Many bodies were also found in a mass grave in the same locality.
“Reports by non-governmental organisations and media also allege summary executions of civilians, rape and looting… in the Kharkiv and Kyiv regions.”