Ukraine: UN chief asks Putin to bring troops back to Russia

Mohamed Samir
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Wednesday night asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring troops back to Russia shortly after Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine.

“I must say, President Putin: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity do not allow to start in Europe what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century,” the top UN official told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York after the Security Council emergency meeting on Ukraine concluded.

At a moment when the world is emerging from COVID-19 and so many developing countries absolutely need to have space for the recovery, it would be “very, very difficult, with the high prices of oil, with the end of exports of wheat from Ukraine, and with the rising interest rates caused by instability in international markets,” Guterres said.

Noting it is “the saddest moment” in his tenure as the UN chief, Guterres called on Putin to stop the conflicts and “give peace a chance.”

Putin authorizes “special military operation” in Donbass

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday authorized “a special military operation” in the Donbass region, and Ukraine confirmed that military targets across the country were under attack.
“Our plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories. We are not going to impose anything on anyone by force,” the Russian President said in a televised speech to the nation, noting that Russia’s move is in response to “fundamental threats” of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which has expanded to eastern Europe and brought its military infrastructure closer to Russian borders.
Putin called on all people living on the territory of Ukraine to “independently determine the future of their own and children.”

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: LinkedIn: