Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates
The UN Security Council, whose five permanent members include Russia, on Friday adopted its first official statement since the start of the war in Ukraine, expressing “its deep concern for the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine”, although he did not use the words “war”, “conflict” or “invasion”.
“The Security Council recalls that all Member States are bound by the obligation under the Charter of the United Nations to settle their international disputes by peaceful means,” the council said in the statement.
The Security Council also backed the efforts of UN Secretary General António Guterres to find a “peaceful solution” to the “dispute”.
“Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine,” António Guterres said, referring to the Council’s statement. “As I have often said, the world must come together to silence the guns and uphold the values of the United Nations Charter. I welcome this support and will continue to spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path to peace.
Guterres last week met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who agreed to evacuate civilians from the beleaguered Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Although evacuations continued on Friday, the two countries disputed the number of evacuees. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said 50 people were evacuated from the steel plant, while Russian state media said 25 Ukrainian civilians were evacuated. The Washington Post could not independently verify the numbers.