The UN announced the achievement of a “principled” agreement with Russia on the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal in Mariupol.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy receives UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for talks on humanitarian aid.

Guterres arrived in Ukraine with the intention to work out “the expansion of humanitarian support and the evacuation of civilians from conflict zones.”

Earlier this week, these issues were part of his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“The sooner this war ends, the better it will be – for Ukraine, Russia and the whole world,” Guterres tweeted.

The UN said on Wednesday that its teams in Moscow and Kyiv were developing a “principled” agreement reached by Guterres and Putin to allow the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to evacuate civilians trapped at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

“We have an agreement in principle. We are trying to translate it into a detailed agreement and an agreement on the ground,” Guterres’ spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. “Ultimately, we want to make sure that the ceasefire agreement will be respected, which will allow us to transport people safely.”

“We don’t have such conditions at the moment,” Haq said.