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UN Chief Goes to Kyiv

FILE: On an earlier visit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (left) and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pose for a picture before a meeting, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine August 18, 2022.

UN chief Antonio Guterres was traveling to Ukraine Tuesday to meet in Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his third trip since Russia's full-scale invasion, his spokesman said.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives in Kyiv before meeting with Zelensky Wednesday morning "to discuss the continuation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative (grain export scheme) in all its aspects, as well as other pertinent issues," the spokesman said.

Guterres is due to depart Ukraine on Wednesday, and be back at United Nations headquarters in New York the following day.

No further details were given on the visit, the UN chief's third after trips to Ukraine in April and August last year in the wake of Russia's invasion on February 24, 2022.

At a UN Security Council meeting held on the anniversary of the start of the war, Guterres slammed the invasion is a "blatant violation" of the UN Charter and international law.

"It has unleashed widespread death, destruction and displacement," he told the 15-member council, which includes permanent member Russia, saying life was "a living hell for the people of Ukraine."

Over the past year, Guterres has regularly offered to act as mediator between Kyiv and Moscow should the two sides want to start a dialogue.