Russian Invasion: UN Chief Releases $20m For Humanitarian Support.
On Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres committed $20 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine, stressing that safeguarding civilians must be “Priority Number One” in assisting the people.
“Today, I am announcing that we will immediately allocate 20 million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund to meet urgent needs,’’ Guterres told journalist in New York.
He reiterated that the UN and its humanitarian partners are “committed to staying and delivering, to support people in Ukraine in their time of need”.
According to him, UN staff are working on “both sides of the contact line,” providing lifesaving humanitarian relief to people in need, “regardless of who or where they are”.
He emphasized that the protection of people must be the top concern while delivering humanitarian aid.
Russian military activities within Ukraine’s sovereign territory “on a scale that Europe has not seen in decades,” he claimed, “contain clear violations of the United Nations Charter.”
Despite a protracted UN-led and worldwide diplomatic campaign to avoid military action in Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin did precisely that, provoking a torrent of comments, beginning with the UN Secretary-General, criticizing the decision and asking for peace.
“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations,” he said, quoting the Charter.
He emphasized that using force against another country is a “rejection of the ideals that every government has vowed to preserve,” which he claims applies to the current military effort.
“It is wrong. It is against the Charter. It is unacceptable. But it is not irreversible,” the UN chief said.
As deaths rise, and images of fear, anguish and terror in every corner of Ukraine are pervasive, the top UN official reminded that “people – everyday innocent people – always pay the highest price”.
“This is why the UN is scaling up its humanitarian operations in and around Ukraine,’’ he said.
The UN chief restated that international humanitarian and human rights law must be upheld, nothing that the decisions of the coming days “will shape our world and directly affect the lives of millions upon millions of people”.
“In line with the Charter, it’s not too late to save this generation from the scourge of war,” the secretary-general said, “we need peace”.
The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 15-member body met on Wednesday night in the second emergency Security Council meeting on Ukraine in three days.
Guterres described what happened the “saddest moment” in his tenure as UN Secretary-General.
In light of this development, the UN chief said: “I must change my address and say: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia.
“In the name of humanity do not start in what may be the most devastating war since the start of the century,” he appealed to Putin.