The United Nations Secretary-General has insisted that the people of Ukraine cannot bear the violence being inflicted on them amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said this while calling for ‘the need to silence the guns and accelerate negotiations towards peace’ between Ukraine and Russia.
Guterres also warned that the world is on the brink of a “perfect storm” as the war in Ukraine exacerbates an already struggling global economy.
In a press release on Wednesday, the UN chief said the war could lead to a “three-dimensional crisis” in food, energy, and finance, areas that have already been hit hard by COVID-19 and climate change, he said.
“We are now facing a perfect storm that threatens to devastate the economies of developing countries,” Guterres said.
“The people of Ukraine cannot bear the violence being inflicted on them.
“And the most vulnerable people around the globe cannot become collateral damage in yet another disaster for which they bear no responsibility.”
“We need to pull developing countries back from the financial brink,” he added. “The international financial system has deep pockets.
“Above all, this war must end. We need to silence the guns and accelerate negotiations towards peace now.
“For the people of Ukraine. For the people of the region. And for the people of the world,” he said.