Ukrainians Upset That UN Chief Ant贸nio Guterres Will Meet With Vladimir Putin

The U.N. secretary-general has announced he will meet separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

U.N. Secretary-General Ant贸nio Guterres鈥 diplomatic efforts to bring an end to Russian President Vladimir Putin鈥檚 bloody war in Ukraine have been met with skepticism from Ukrainian officials.

Guterres announced on Saturday he鈥檒l visit Russia and Ukraine this week to meet separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy questioned the purpose of Guterres鈥 trip to Moscow.

鈥淲hy? To hand over signals from Russia? What should we look for?鈥 Zelenskyy said following the U.N. leader鈥檚 announcement, according to The Associated Press.

Igor Zhovkva, deputy head of Zelenskyy鈥檚 office, told NBC鈥檚 鈥淢eet The Press鈥 Sunday that the U.N. chief is 鈥渘ot really鈥 authorized to speak on behalf of Ukraine.

鈥淭his is not good idea to travel to Moscow,鈥 Zhovkva said. 鈥淲e did not understand his intention to travel to Moscow and to talk to President Putin.鈥

Zhokva expressed doubt that talks led by Guterres would be constructive. He also called on the U.N. to provide more humanitarian support for Ukraine.

鈥淎ny peace talks are good if they end with the result,鈥 Zhokva said.

Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine鈥檚 prime minister, said that despite multiple efforts to engage Russia in meaningful peace talks, it appears the Kremlin is uninterested.

鈥淚 think the Russian Federation and Putin are not interested in this negotiation,鈥 Shmyhal said. 鈥淭hey are interested in other things. They are interested in genocide of Ukrainians.鈥

Last week, Guterres called for a four-day humanitarian cease-fire ahead of Orthodox Easter.

鈥淪top the bloodshed and destruction,鈥 Guterres told reporters on Tuesday. 鈥淥pen a window for dialogue and peace. Keep faith with the meaning and the message of Easter.鈥

Guterres鈥 proposal went unheeded, as Russian missiles killed five people in Ukraine鈥檚 Odessa over the weekend.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

Blinken said that despite Russia鈥檚 efforts to strip Ukraine of its independence, Ukraine is pulling through.

鈥淲e鈥檙e seeing that when it comes to Russia鈥檚 war aims, Russia is failing, Ukraine is succeeding,鈥 Blinken said.

The U.S. officials also pledged an additional $300 million in foreign military financing and said the U.S. had approved a $165 million sale of ammunition.

鈥淲e want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can鈥檛 do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,鈥 Austin said.

President Joe Biden announced Monday he is nominating Bridget A. Brink, currently the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

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