The missile attack is seen as a slap in the face for the United Nations and especially Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky an hour ago in Kyiv. And the reaction of the latter was angry, calling the attack a humiliation of Russia to the United Nations: “It says a lot about the attitude towards world organizations.”
Guterres was also shocked. He had a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday and apparently did not expect this missile attack. Guterres: “I was not too shocked that I am here now, but because Kyiv is a holy city, for the Ukrainians as well as for the Russians.” He described the whole war as “the absurdity of the twenty-first century”.
The attack resulted in the death of one person and the injury of ten others. On Friday, the body of Vera Geric was removed from the rubble: a journalist from Radio Free Europe lived in the apartment.
One of the issues that Guterres wanted to arrange during his visit to Moscow and Kiev this week was the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, especially the Azovstal complex. In this huge factory complex, one last group of Ukrainian fighters withstood the Russian forces. It is also said that about a thousand civilians are hiding in tunnels and basements under the complex.
Guterres had hoped to evacuate these civilians in particular. It may happen as early as Friday, let the Associated Press say anonymous sources from “Zelensky’s office.” It is said to be “under negotiation with UN mediation,” which will also play a role in the eventual evacuation.
However, the Russian position again gave little hope on Friday. The shelling and shelling of the complex continued unabated, as the missile attack during Guterres’ visit showed that Russia has little respect for the United Nations.
The missile attack came hours after US President Joe Biden asked Congress for $33 billion. From additional military and economic support to Ukraine† The Russian missile strike may have been in response to this massive US assistance.
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