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Secretary-General’s remarks to the press following the Security Council meeting on Ukraine, 25 February 2022 – Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, thank you very much.

The UN was born out of war to end war.

Today, this objective has not been achieved.

But we must never give up.

We must give peace another chance.

The soldiers must return to their barracks.

Leaders must turn to the path of dialogue and peace.

Today in Ukraine, despite growing operational challenges, the UN is stepping up the provision of life-saving support, including in the east of the country, on both sides of the frontline [contact].

Humanitarian needs are multiplying and expanding hour by hour.

Civilians are dying.

At least 100,000 Ukrainians are believed to have already fled their homes – and many of them have crossed into neighboring countries, underscoring the regional nature of this growing crisis.

To strengthen our response, I am announcing today that I have appointed Amin Awad as the United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.

Amin worked closely with me for a decade at UNHCR.

He will lead the coordination of all our efforts, including our humanitarian response, on both sides of the line of contact.

All parties involved in this conflict must respect international humanitarian law and guarantee the safety and freedom of movement of UN personnel and other humanitarian workers.

Especially at a time like this, it is important to remember that the UN is not just the room behind me.

These are tens of thousands of women and men around the world.

Feed the hungry.

Vaccination of children.

Promote development.

Protect civilians in peacekeeping operations.

Conflict mediation.

Accompanying refugees and migrants.

Advance human rights.

Standing, delivering, extending a lifeline of hope.

The Charter of the United Nations has been challenged in the past, but it has stood firm on the side of peace, security, development, justice, international law and human rights.

Time and time again, when the international community has come together in solidarity, these values ​​have prevailed. They will prevail, regardless of what happened today.

We must do everything in our power to ensure that they prevail in Ukraine but prevail for all humanity.

Thanks very much.