UN Security Council expresses ‘deep concern’ over crisis in Ukraine

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a presidential statement on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, expressing “deep concern” about the situation in the country as it battles Russian military aggression.

It is the first time the often-divided council has issued a statement on the issue since Russia launched its attack on Ukraine in late February. The document was adopted unanimously, with the support of Russia and the other members.

The statement is not legally binding and does not mention Russia by name.

The United States, this month’s holder of the rotating presidency, said in the statement that the council “expresses its deep concern about the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine.”

“The Security Council recalls that all Member States have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means”, he added.

He also hailed the efforts of Secretary General Antonio Guterres towards a peaceful solution.

“Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine,” António Guterres said in a statement responding to the council’s decision. “I welcome this support and will continue to spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path to peace.”

Russia, one of the council’s five permanent members, has blocked the world body’s key panel from sending a unified message on the crisis by vetoing resolutions criticizing its invasion of Ukraine.

Repeatedly thwarted by Russia exercising its right of veto, the Security Council has been seen as dysfunctional in resolving international disputes. The development also fueled calls to overhaul the decades-old structure of the 15-member panel dominated by the five nuclear-weapon states – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. United.

Christi C. Elwood