United Nations Organization (EFE).- The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, judged this Thursday “totally unacceptable” that the possibility of using nuclear weapons was put on the table, after the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, threatened to use all means at his disposal in the context of the war in Ukraine.

“The idea of ​​a nuclear conflict, sometimes unthinkable, has become a subject of debate. It is in itself totally unacceptable”, declared António Guterres while opening a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on this conflict.

The UN chief also condemned plans to hold referendums in Ukraine’s occupied territories and warned that any annexation of territory by force is a violation of international law.

António Guterres once again denounced the horrors of this war, recalling that “thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed or injured, mainly by Russian bombardments in urban areas” and that some 14 million people had to leave their homes. .

UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during a Security Council ministerial meeting on the conflict in Ukraine, September 22, 2022. EFE/Justin Lane
UN Secretary General António Guterres speaks at the Security Council on the conflict in Ukraine. EFE/Justin Lane

“The situation can only get worse with the approach of winter and with the reduction in the supply of gas and electricity,” he warned.

The Portuguese diplomat also warned of the risk of a nuclear disaster due to the situation of the Zaporizhia power plant, occupied by Russia and which has been the subject of repeated attacks, and demanded that all bombardments against such installations cease and be returned to civilian hands.

Concern over Russian mobilization

In a context of sharply rising tensions following Putin’s latest announcements, in particular the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists, António Guterres called on all countries to avoid a further escalation.

“There is only one way to end the suffering in Ukraine and that is to end the war,” said Guterres, who assured that he would continue to work to achieve peace “in accordance international law and the Charter of the United Nations”.

The heads of diplomacy of all the powers of the Security Council, including the Russian Sergei Lavrov and the American Antony Blinken, as well as the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, are taking part in the meeting which is being held today.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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