United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he launched an initiative to explore the possibility of “a humanitarian cease-fire in Ukraine,” echoing Ukraine’s calls, as Russia’s invasion into the country entered its second month.
Guterres said he asked Undersecretary-General Martin Griffiths, the head of the U.N.’s worldwide humanitarian operations, to look into a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukrainian news outlet Suspline News reported Monday that Ukrainian officials were hoping to agree to a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine during in-person negotiations this week in Turkey. The cease-fire would allow for aid delivery to Ukraine and pave the way for political negotiations to end the war, Guterres said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces retook Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, from Russian troops, who were regrouping to take the area back, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday as he sought to rally the country.