UN Chief Denounces Russia’s Fresh Offensive in Eastern Ukraine, Calls for 4-day Truce

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday denounced Russia’s fresh offensive in eastern Ukraine and called for a four-day truce to mark Orthodox Holy Week. “Instead of a celebration of new life, this Easter coincides with a Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine,” Guterres told reporters.

“The intense concentration of forces and firepower makes this battle inevitably more violent, bloody and destructive,” he said as he called for a “humanitarian pause” from Holy Thursday until Easter Sunday on April 24.

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