Deputy to the High Representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Adedeji Ebo warned of the continued flow of weapons to both sides of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
Ebo said in his briefing to the UN Security Council (UNSC) that "the provision of military assistance and transfers of arms and ammunition to the Ukrainian Armed Forces have continued," and included the provision of battle tanks, combat aircraft, helicopters and other military equipment.
He said that "there have been reports of States transferring or planning to transfer weapons such as uncrewed aerial vehicles, ballistic missiles and ammunition to the Russian Federation Armed Forces," expressing concern over reports related to the transfer and use of cluster munitions throughout the conflict.
The UN official warned that "the large-scale influx of weapons and ammunition into any armed conflict raises significant concerns for peace and security."
He added that the UN will continue to work to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine, reiterating the UN Secretary-Generals call for " all countries to do their part to prevent further escalation, and to lay the foundations for sustainable peace."
On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia began a military operation in Ukraine, and international and regional efforts have not succeeded in ending it so far. (QNA)