India Needs In UN Poll On Russia’s Resolution To Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis

The draft resolution by Russia was co -sponsored by Syria, North Korea and Belarus.

United Nations:

India, along with 12 other members of the UN Security Council, abstained on a resolution by Russia on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The draft resolution by Russia was co -sponsored by Syria, North Korea and Belarus. It failed to be adopted in the Council on Wednesday because it did not get the nine yes votes needed to pass.

Russia and China voted in favor of the resolution while no country voted against. India and the remaining members of the Security Council remained neutral.

Permanent members and members of Russia’s veto welding council have called for a vote in the 15-nation Security Council on its draft resolution that “demands that the public, including humanitarian personnel and people in vulnerable situations, including women and children be fully protected, call for a ceasefire. weapons to enable the safe, expeditious, voluntary and unhindered evacuation of civilians, and outlines the need for the parties concerned to agree on a humanitarian pause for this purpose. “

The Russian resolution, which does not refer to its aggression on Ukraine, calls on all parties concerned to allow safe and unobstructed access to destinations outside Ukraine, including to foreigners without discrimination, and facilitate safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid to those in need. in and around Ukraine, taking into account the special needs of women, girls, men and boys, the elderly and the disabled.

While other Council members made statements after the vote on the resolution, India did not make any statements. India has previously remained neutral twice in the Security Council and once in the General Assembly on resolutions on Russian aggression on Ukraine.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted that “in a united protest vote”, 13 members of the Security Council abstained from Russia’s humorous resolution shifting blame over the humanitarian crisis that has been created in Ukraine.

In an Explanation of the Vote, Thomas-Greenfield said it was “unreasonable” that Russia would have the courage to submit a resolution asking the international community to resolve the humanitarian crisis created by Russia alone.

“The United States intends not to use this text because, to state clearly, Russia does not care about the deteriorating humanitarian situation, or that millions of lives and dreams of war have been shattered. If they care, they will stop fighting.

“Russia is an aggressor, an aggressor, an aggressor – the only party in Ukraine involved in a campaign of atrocities against the Ukrainian people – and they want us to pass a resolution that does not admit their guilt,” he said.

UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward said that her country would not vote for any resolution, either in the Security Council or in the General Assembly, that did not recognize that Russia was the sole cause of this ongoing humanitarian catastrophe – and therefore the key to ending it.

“The Russian draft calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law. It ignores that Russia commits war crimes. The Russian draft calls for the protection of civilians, including women and children. But it sets aside that Russia is bombing maternity hospitals, schools and homes,” he said. Woodward.

Russia’s resolution in the Security Council is one of three resolutions on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine submitted before the UN General Assembly and the Security Council on Wednesday.

The UN General Assembly resumed the 11th Special Emergency Session on Wednesday and has two resolutions to consider before then. The 193 -member General Assembly is expected to vote on Thursday’s resolution.

A UNGA resolution by Ukraine and its western allies on ‘Humanitarian consequences of aggression against Ukraine’ demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities by Russia against Ukraine, in particular any attacks on civilians and public objects. It also demanded the public, including humanitarian personnel, journalists and people in vulnerable situations, including women and children, be fully protected.

It demands the parties abide by their obligations to ensure safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian personnel as well as their means of transportation, supplies and equipment to those in need in Ukraine and its neighboring countries.

Another rival resolution proposed by South Africa ‘The humanitarian situation stemming from the conflict in Ukraine’ makes no mention of Russia. It called for an immediate cessation of hostilities by “all parties” in the conflict, and encouraged political dialogue, negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means aimed at achieving lasting peace.

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