Statement by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, on February 22, 2022 about the UN position on the necessary qualifications to label an event as genocide

Excerpt from the Secretary-General’s press encounter on Ukraine on February 22, 2022

Q: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary-General. The Russian President stated that actions that Kyiv is conducting against Donetsk and Luhansk are literally genocide. Do you share this assessment? And a second question please – some former Ukrainian officials were mentioning the possibility of a UN peacekeeping mission deploying to the area. What do you make of that? Thank you.

SG: Genocide is a crime that is clearly defined and whose application must be done in line with international law. I do not think it is the case.