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UN Security Council Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over War in Ukraine

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For the first time since the start of a full-scale Russian war against Ukraine, the United Nations Security Council has issued a brief statement on the matter. The text proposed by the representatives of Norway and Mexico does not contain the words “war” or “invasion.”

“The Security Council expresses deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine. It recalls that all States have undertaken the obligation to settle their disputes by peaceful means,” reads the statement.

The Security Council also expressed support for UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ efforts for a peaceful solution.

The statements by the UN Security Council are adopted by consensus, so the text was agreed on by the Russian Federation as well.

“Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine.  As I have often said, the world must come together to silence the guns and uphold the values of the United Nations Charter.  I welcome this support and will continue to spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path of peace,” Guterres said.

As a reminder, in late April, the UN Secretary-General, while in Kyiv, admitted that the Security Council had not done what it had in the context of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. That is why the key body of the Organisation deserved disappointment with its work.

On 5 April, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Russia was abusing its veto power in the UN Security Council and called for reforming the organisation. According to the President, the aggressor state “undermines the entire architecture of global security.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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