Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has triggered “the most massive violations of human rights” in the world today, the head of the United Nations said today, as the war enters its second year with no end in sight and tens of thousands dead.
The Russian invasion “has unleashed widespread death, destruction and displacement,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a speech to the UN-backed Human Rights Council in Geneva.
After failing to capture Kyiv in the opening weeks of the invasion on Feb. 24 last year and suffering a series of humiliating setbacks during the fall, Russia has stabilized the front and is concentrating its efforts on capturing four provinces that Moscow illegally annexed in September — Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.
Ukraine, meanwhile, hopes to use battle tanks and other new weapons pledged by the West to launch new counteroffensives and reclaim more of the occupied territory.
Guterres said “Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure have caused many casualties and terrible suffering.”