The United Nations – The General Assembly of the United Nations meets on Wednesday for a session devoted to the discussion of the crisis which is unfolding on, with a record number of speakers scheduled to address what the United States is already calling a Russian invasion. Among the senior officials scheduled to address the assembly were Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who is a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who cut short a planned international trip to speak at the General Assembly on Wednesday – told the assembly in his opening address that the world was “facing a moment of peril.” »
On Tuesday, Guterres said the UN “and the whole international system is being tested, and we have to pass that test.”
The UN chief called for an “immediate ceasefire” in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, where an eight-year war simmering between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forcesover the past week.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin unilaterally recognized the breakaway regions of Donbass, Lugansk and Donetsk as independent from Ukraine on Tuesday, and ordered his forces to enter the areas for “peacekeeping” missions.
Guterres appeared annoyed by Putin’s use of the term, saying he was concerned about “the perversion of the concept of peacekeeping”.
“I am proud of the achievements of UN peacekeeping operations in which so many peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives to protect civilians,” he said. “When one country’s troops enter the territory of another country without its consent, they are not impartial peacekeepers.”
“They are not peacekeepers at all,” said António Guterres.
Ukrainian diplomats at the UN appeared frustrated with the world body’s inability so far to prevent a violation of its sovereignty, and they made it clear that, as Guterres previously suggested, the standoff with Russia should be seen as a test.
“If the UN fails to fulfill its mandate and its flagship mission, it should be overhauled,” Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told CBS News this week.
Speaking on Wednesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Sergei Kubela