U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and called on nations to recommit to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as he made a speech earlier today for the 75th anniversary of the landmark international document.
Secretary-General António Guterres: “The Russian invasion of the Ukraine has triggered the most massive violations of human rights we are living today. It has unleashed widespread deaths, destruction and displacement. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure have caused many casualties and terrible suffering.”
Fierce fighting continues in Ukraine as the world acknowledged the first anniversary of the start of the war on Friday with protests and vigils across the globe. Meanwhile, Ukrainian allies, including the EU and the U.S., announced further sanctions against Moscow. The Biden administration also said it would provide another $2 billion in weapons to Ukraine. In Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky made a somber but defiant television address on the first anniversary of the war.
President Volodymyr Zelensky: “It was a year of endurance, a year of compassion, a year of bravery, a year of pain, a year of hope, a year of perseverance, a year of unity, a year of invincibility, a fierce year of invincibility. Its main conclusion is that we have survived. We have not been defeated.”
Zelensky fired his top Ukrainian military commander Sunday without giving a public reason, though a number of high-profile officials were fired or resigned last month as part of an anti-corruption purge.
In other war news, Zelensky said he plans to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping to discuss Beijing’s proposal for ending the war.