U.N. chief to meet Putin in Moscow to push for Ukraine ceasefire

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United Nations — After failing to person Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt his warfare successful Ukraine by sending an emissary, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was headed connected Monday to conscionable Putin successful person. The U.N. main is to get Tuesday successful Moscow aft archetypal visiting Ankara, Turkey, wherever the authorities has been starring the propulsion for a ceasefire. 

Guterres is scheduled to past question from Moscow to Kyiv to conscionable Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has blasted Guterres' determination to sojourn Moscow archetypal arsenic Russia's bombardment of Ukrainian cities continues taking a devastating toll connected civilians.

"It is simply incorrect to spell archetypal to Russia and past to Ukraine," Zelenskyy told reporters successful Kyiv connected Saturday. "There is nary justness and nary logic successful this order."

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"The warfare is successful Ukraine, determination are nary bodies successful the streets of Moscow. It would beryllium logical to spell archetypal to Ukraine, to spot the radical there, the consequences of the occupation," helium said.

The lawman caput of Zelenskyy's office, Igor Zhovkva, said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that the Secretary-General was "not really" authorized to talk connected behalf of the Ukrainian government.

The merits of Guterres' itinerary volition apt beryllium judged connected Putin's effect to the Secretary-General's petition for an contiguous ceasefire successful Ukraine.

UN-GUTERRES-UKRAINE UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the property astatine U.N. Headquarters successful New York, April 19, 2022. Xie E/Xinhua/Getty

"The Secretary-General said that astatine this clip of large peril and consequence, helium would similar to sermon urgent steps to bring astir bid successful Ukraine," his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters successful New York up of the trip.

On his mode to Moscow, Guterres volition archetypal sojourn Turkey and conscionable with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He travels to Kyiv connected Thursday to conscionable Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. 

The U.N. main volition beryllium successful Kyiv 3 days aft the visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who came promising hundreds of millions of dollars successful further subject aid. 

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Blinken said Monday that helium had spoken with Guterres and that helium understood the U.N. main would present a "very beardown message" to Putin connected the request to extremity the warfare and to instrumentality an contiguous ceasefire and unfastened corridors to let assistance successful and civilians retired of besieged cities.

Ahead of Guterres' sojourn to Ankara, Ukraine's president said helium "had an important phone conversation with Erdogan successful which helium stressed the request for contiguous evacuation of civilians from Mariupol."

Turkish media said Sunday that Erdogan had reiterated his country's enactment for negotiations to extremity the warfare and said Turkey would invited a "guarantor" presumption successful immoderate bid agreement.

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Pamela Falk


Pamela Falk is the CBS News analogous covering the United Nations, and an planetary lawyer.