"Without the full participation of 50% of its population, the world would be the biggest loser,” said a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.
The bombardment came barely an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
António Guterres is due to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, on Thursday, and his meeting with Putin is expected to top the agenda.
The UN report said these poorer countries were already struggling to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and a lack of access to adequate funding.
“There is no kind way to put it,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said.
The head of the U.N. women’s agency warned the war is damaging the lives and futures of Ukrainian women and girls.
The United Nations chief said the poorest developing countries are seeing their breadbasket "being bombed" as a result of Russia's war on Ukraine.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for the release of nearly $9 billion in frozen assets to pull Afghanistan’s economy back from the brink of a collapse.
Antonio Guterres said his priorities are the lack of vaccinations, the need to reduce emissions by 45% and the “extremely unjust” financial situation that favors rich countries.
The COVID-19 crisis "would effectively reverse the last two to three years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year," a new UN report says.