Moldovan president cancels Victory Day parade, meeting with UN secretary-general for health reasons

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Moldova’s president on Monday canceled ceremonies marking the end of World War II and a meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres for health reasons, her office said.

„Maia Sandu will not be able to participate, for health reasons, in the public events planned for today, May 9,” a statement said.

Prime Minister Natalia Gavrita will replace her, meeting the UN secretary-general followed by a press conference.

The UN chief will visit a Ukrainian refugee center during his one-day visit to Chisinau.

One day ahead of his visit he denounced the war as “senseless in its scope, ruthless in its dimensions and limitless in its potential for global harm,” he tweeted on Sunday.

“The UN will continue to scale up humanitarian operations, save lives and reduce suffering. The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop.”

On April 27, Mr Guterres visited Moscow, where he met with President Vladimir Putin before heading to Kyiv where he had talks with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

Russian cruise missiles struck a residential area during his visit on April 29.

“I was obviously shocked when I was informed that two missiles had reached a target in Kyiv,” he told Al Jazeera.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denounced the Russian shelling as a „heinous and barbaric act that demonstrated Russia’s “attitude towards Ukraine, Europe and the world”.

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