Former senior UN official says it’s ‘humiliating’ that Russia bombed Kyiv when the secretary general was visiting the city

Bill Bostock

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022.

Ukraine said Russia fired missiles at Kyiv as UN secretary general Antnio Guterres met Zelenskyy.Zelenskyy has repeatedly slammed the UN for not punishing Russia for war crimes.

The UN’s former second in command said it’s “humiliating” that Russia bombed Kyiv while UN secretary general Antnio Guterres visited the city.

Five missiles struck Kyiv shortly after Guterres met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday, the president said in his nighttime address.

Zelenskyy: “This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions. About the efforts of the Russian leadership to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents.

Speaking to Sky News on Friday, Mark Malloch Brown, the former UN deputy secretary general, agreed with Zelenskyy’s assessment.

“It is humiliating in a way. I think the international community, not just Europe, but countries everywhere, will recognise they cannot have their UN secretary general sort of treated in this disrespectful, casual and frankly, dangerous way, by Putin,” he said.

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