West News Wire: Following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced his arrival in Kyiv on Wednesday.

“After touring Moscow, I came in Ukraine. We will keep working to increase humanitarian aid and ensure the safe evacuation of civilians from combat zones. For the sake of Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world, the sooner this war stops, the better “On his official Twitter account, he stated.

“After touring Moscow, I came in Ukraine. We will keep working to increase humanitarian aid and ensure the safe evacuation of civilians from combat zones. For the sake of Ukraine, Russia, and the rest of the world, the sooner this war stops, the better “On his official Twitter account, he stated.

The UN chief, who was in the Russian capital for talks on the war in Ukraine, also met with the country’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

During his “tête-a-tête meeting” with President Putin, Mr. Guterres reiterated the UN’s position on Ukraine, according to a readout issued by his Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

They also discussed proposals for humanitarian assistance and evacuation of civilians from conflict zones, namely in relation to the situation in the besieged port city of Mariupol, where thousands of civilians and Ukrainian troops remain holed up in the Azovstal steel mill.

“The President agreed, in principle, to the involvement of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol”, said Mr. Dujarric.

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He added that follow-on discussions will be held with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, and the Russian Defence Ministry.

President Vladimir Putin warns foreign powers against “interference” in Ukraine by supplying weapons, says Russia is prepared to use all weapons if faced with threats to security.

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