The United States, Britain, France, Albania, Norway and Ireland have called for a UN emergency meeting on Thursday because the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is deteriorating, diplomatic sources said.
“Russia is committing war crimes and is targeting civilians,” the British diplomatic mission to the United Kingdom said on its Twitter account on Wednesday. “Russia is a threat to all of us in an illegal war against Ukraine.”
On the same day, Russia called for a postponement of the UN Security Council vote on a written resolution on the “humanitarian” situation in Ukraine.
Voting, which will be extended to Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon, will be set for Friday morning, unless the draft is completely canceled due to a lack of support from Moscow’s allies.
Talks are also under way, according to other diplomatic sources, for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak to the UN General Assembly.
France and Mexico, which have called for a “ceasefire of enemies” in Ukraine, have refused to submit their text to the Security Council, and Russia, which holds the rotating presidency in March, could veto it.
Instead, they had to present it to the General Assembly, where only one country can block a text.