US Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked Russia’s 100-day war in Ukraine by asking Vladimir Putin to “immediately end the conflict”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday marked Russia’s 100-day war in Ukraine by asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to “immediately cease the conflict, suffering and global unrest caused by his choice”.

Our objective is straightforward: The United States wants to see a democratic, independent, sovereign, and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend against further aggression,” Blinken said in a statement.

In this sense, the Secretary of State reiterated calls to Putin to end this conflict “immediately”, stressing that neither the United States nor its allies and partners, seek to prolong the war to inflict pain on Russia.

“We have a lot of respect for the citizens of Russia, who are not our enemies and who deserve a better future than what continued war and increasing repression will bring,” he underlined.

In the statement, Blinken indicated that in the 100 days since the Russian invasion began, the world has seen the courage and determination of the Ukrainian people as they fight for their country.

The Secretary of State then took the opportunity to direct some words of support to Ukrainian families who lost loved ones, who were separated by violence, whose villages, apartments, schools, and hospitals were hit by bombs and missiles, or who were sent and survived the so-called camps. of “filtering” from Russia.

“The United States is with you. We will help you to defend your sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we will help you rebuild when this war is over. Ukraine will prevail,” he concluded.

Since February 24, the United States has provided more than US$6.3 billion (€5.6 billion) in security, humanitarian and economic assistance to Ukraine, according to data from the US executive.

After 100 days since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, many cities are experiencing “a level of destruction that is impossible to understand”, said today the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Robert Mardini.

There are still many civilians, such as relatives of prisoners of war, without any information about the whereabouts of their loved ones, explained the head of the CICR, the organization whose mission is to protect these detainees in cases of conflict.

In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that has already caused more than 14 million people to flee their homes, more than eight million internally displaced people and more than 6.8 million to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN data.

Also according to the United Nations, around 15 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.

The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia that affect practically all sectors, from banking to sports.

The UN confirmed that 4,169 civilians died and 4,982 were wounded in the war, which has entered its 100th day, stressing that the real numbers could be much higher and will only be known when there is access to besieged cities or areas hitherto under intense fighting.

Source: With Agencies


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