United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sounded the alarm that war in Ukraine is now impacting the most vulnerable worldwide.

In remarks at the UN, Guterres said the “the war goes beyond Ukraine” and the “sword of Damocles hangs over the global economy, especially in the developing world.”

Russia and Ukraine supply half of the world’s sunflower oil and 30% of the world’s wheat. Ukraine provides more than 50% of the World Food Programme’s wheat supply.

“Food, fuel, and fertilizers prices are skyrocketing. Supply chains are being disrupted, and cost and delays the transportation of important foods when available are at record levels. And all of this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the world,” he said.

The UN chief again called for an end to the fight and “serious negotiations.”

“Ukraine is on fire, the country is being decimated before the eyes of the world. The impact of civilians is reaching terrifying proportions. Countless innocent people, including women and children, are being killed,” he said.

Guterres said the UN was going to allocate a further $40 million (€43.9 million) from its Central Emergency Response fund to ramp up humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

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