UN chief condemns Russia’s plan to annex Ukrainian regions | United Nations News

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres says Russian annexation of Ukraine areas would mark ‘harmful escalation’.

Russia’s plan to annex four Ukrainian regions would mark a “harmful escalation” within the war in Ukraine that will jeopardise the prospects for peace, the United Nations secretary-general has warned.

“Any choice to proceed with the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia areas of Ukraine would don’t have any authorized worth and deserves to be condemned,” Antonio Guterres informed reporters on the UN headquarters in New York Metropolis on Thursday.

Greater than seven months since invading neighbouring Ukraine, Russia is poised to annex the 4 Ukrainian areas after holding referendums there over the previous week that had been slammed by the federal government in Kyiv and its Western allies as unlawful.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would signal the annexation treaties on Friday.

Four cargo ships sail from Ukraine: Turkish, Ukrainian officials | Russia-Ukraine war News

4 ships carrying Ukrainian foodstuffs sailed from Ukrainian Black Sea ports as a part of a deal to unblock the nation’s sea exports, Ukrainian and Turkish officers mentioned.

The 4 bulk carriers had been loaded with nearly 170,000 tonnes of corn and different foodstuffs, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) mentioned on Fb on Sunday.

The resumption of grain exports is being overseen by a Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul, the place Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations personnel are working.

The UN and Turkey brokered the deal final month after UN warnings of doable outbreaks of famine in components of the world attributable to a halt in grain shipments from Ukraine that had squeezed provides and despatched costs hovering.

On Saturday, a foreign-flagged ship arrived in Ukraine for the primary time for the reason that struggle began in February to be loaded with grain, Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov mentioned.

“We’re regularly transferring on to bigger volumes of labor. We plan to make sure the flexibility of the ports to deal with at the least 100 vessels monthly within the close to future,” he mentioned on Fb on Sunday.

He mentioned Ukraine deliberate to quickly contain Pivdennyi port within the implementation of the grain export initiative and anticipated that in consequence, Ukraine will be capable to ship as much as at the least 3 million tonnes of products a month.

Earlier than Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia and Ukraine collectively accounted for practically a 3rd of worldwide wheat exports. Russia calls its motion in Ukraine a “particular army operation”.

The JCC mentioned late on Saturday it had authorised the departure of a complete of 5 new vessels by the Black Sea hall: 4 vessels outbound from Chornomorsk and Odesa carrying 161,084 metric tonnes of foodstuffs, and one inbound.

The ships which have left Ukrainian ports included Glory, with a cargo of 66,000 tonnes of corn certain for Istanbul, and Riva Wind, loaded with 44,000 tonnes of corn, heading for Turkey’s Iskenderun, the Turkish defence ministry mentioned.

It mentioned the opposite two vessels to have left Ukraine had been Star Helena, with a cargo of 45,000 tonnes of meal heading to China, and Mustafa Necati, carrying 6,000 tonnes of sunflower oil and heading for Italy.

The JCC additionally mentioned it was close to the finalisation of the transport procedures to regularise operations to help the implementation of the grain deal. The procedures had been anticipated to be printed early this week, it mentioned.

The primary 4 ships left Ukraine final week underneath the settlement.

The JCC mentioned it has additionally authorised the motion, pending inspection, of Osprey S, inbound for Chornomorsk. That ship is at the moment at anchorage northwest of Istanbul and was to be inspected on Sunday.

On Saturday, the JCC accomplished the inspection of Navistar, which was cleared to sail, and its joint inspection groups had been to proceed inspections on Sunday morning of the remaining two vessels that departed Ukrainian ports on Friday.

The primary ship to depart a Ukrainian port underneath the deal won’t arrive in Lebanon on Sunday as deliberate, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon mentioned. The Razoni left Odesa final Monday carrying 26,527 tonnes of corn.

The embassy instructed Reuters information company the ship was “having a delay” and “not arriving immediately”, with no particulars on the brand new arrival date or the reason for the delay. Delivery information on MarineTraffic.com confirmed the Razoni off the Turkish coast on Sunday morning.

Ukrainian borshch soup culture added to UNESCO heritage list | Arts and Culture News

Kyiv hails the transfer, saying Ukraine has received the ‘borshch warfare’, whereas a Russian official slams ‘xenophobia’.

The United Nations cultural company (UNESCO) has inscribed the tradition of cooking borshch soup in Ukraine on its record of endangered cultural heritage.

UNESCO made the announcement on Friday, saying the choice was made by a committee in a fast-tracked course of – “as a matter of utmost urgency” – prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the “damaging affect on this custom” attributable to the warfare.

On Twitter, the company stated the method of cooking borshch soup has been “threatened by the fragmentation of communities attributable to warfare however is an emblem of hope for them”.

Ukraine considers borshch – a thick nourishing soup normally made with beetroot – as a nationwide dish. The soup can also be extensively consumed in Russia and different Jap European nations the place it is named borscht.

Kyiv hailed the transfer, with Ukraine’s tradition minister Oleksandr Tkachenko saying on Telegram that “victory within the borshch warfare is ours”.

Ukraine “will win each within the warfare of borshch and on this warfare”, he stated.

The addition of practices and cultures to the UNESCO record goals at mobilising consideration to make sure they’re preserved regardless of dangers to their existence.

The UNESCO committee famous that the warfare had “threatened the viability” of the soup tradition in Ukraine.

“The displacement of individuals (poses a risk) … as persons are unable not solely to cook dinner or develop native greens for borshch, but additionally to come back collectively … which undermines the social and cultural well-being of communities,” UNESCO stated.

Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed the transfer as a bid to make it belong to “one nationality”.

“That is xenophobia,” she stated.

However UNESCO stated that Ukrainian borshch was important to day by day life within the nation.

“Ukrainian borshch – the nationwide model of borscht consumed in a number of nations of the area – is an integral a part of Ukrainian household and neighborhood life,” it stated.

The Consultant Checklist was first launched in 2008. In its 2003 conference, UNESCO defines the record’s function as “to make sure higher visibility” and to “improve consciousness” of the importance of nominated components as representatives of intangible cultural heritage. Among the well-known components on the record embody Chinese language Shadow Puppetry, French Gastronomic Meals and South Korean Kimchi.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, starting a warfare that has up to now killed 1000’s of troops and lots of of Ukrainian civilians and fuelled a European refugee disaster.

Ukrainian fighters at Mariupol plant vow to fight till the end | Russia-Ukraine war News

The pledge comes as essentially the most senior Russian authorities official but to set foot in Mariupol welcomes the ‘restoration of peace’ in ‘liberated’ cities.

Ukrainian fighters on the besieged Azovstal metal plant within the southeastern metropolis of Mariupol have vowed to proceed to battle till the tip, as they keep the final holdout in opposition to Russian forces within the strategic port metropolis.

“We are going to proceed to battle so long as we’re alive to repel the Russian occupiers,” Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, a deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment, informed a web based convention.

“We don’t have a lot time; we’re coming underneath intense shelling,” he stated, pleading with the worldwide neighborhood to assist to evacuate wounded troopers from the plant in Mariupol.

Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer, stated “We, all the navy personnel within the garrison of Mariupol, we’ve got witnessed the warfare crimes carried out by Russia, by the Russian military. We’re witnesses. Give up is just not an possibility as a result of Russia is just not involved in our lives.”

Samoilenko added that provides are restricted. “We nonetheless have water. We nonetheless have munitions. We could have our private weapons. We are going to battle till the very best decision of the scenario,” he stated.

Ukraine has stated that every one ladies, kids and aged civilians have been allowed to flee from Azovstal as a part of a humanitarian mission coordinated by the United Nations and the Crimson Cross.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on Saturday that his authorities was getting ready for the second stage of the evacuation mission, specializing in the wounded and medics.

Diplomatic efforts to evacuate the remaining troopers had been additionally underneath method, albeit “extraordinarily troublesome”, Zelenskyy stated.

The Ukrainian navy stated Russia was persevering with its intensive shelling of the plant. Moscow claimed it had taken control of the city on the Sea of Azov on April 21 after practically two months of siege, regardless of Ukrainian fighters nonetheless being holed up within the sprawling Soviet-era metal mill.

Territories ‘liberated’ by Russian forces

In the meantime, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin visited Mariupol on Sunday, turning into the nation’s most senior authorities official to set foot within the port metropolis after weeks of Russian bombardment.

Khusnullin, who’s accountable for building and concrete improvement within the Russian authorities, stated on Telegram that he had visited Mariupol and the jap Ukrainian city of Volnovakha amongst different territories “liberated” by Russian forces.

“Restoration of peaceable life begins within the areas. There’s quite a lot of work to be achieved. We are going to assist, specifically … with offering humanitarian help,” he wrote in a Telegram publish.

Khusnullin visited the industrial port of Mariupol, which he stated must be used to herald constructing supplies to revive town, in accordance with the Russian defence ministry’s TV channel Zvezda.

The port, which lies between the Crimea Peninsula seized by Moscow in 2014 and elements of jap Ukraine taken by Russian-backed separatists the identical 12 months, is essential to linking up the 2 Russian-held territories and blocking Ukrainian exports.

The port will ship off the primary cargo from the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic in Might, its head Denis Pushilin, who accompanied Khusnullin, stated on Telegram.