Ukraine’s UN ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday urged all countries opposing Russia’s war on Ukraine to vote on a UN resolution on the humanitarian consequences of Russia’s aggression. End military action in Moscow.
Russia’s UN ambassador countered that the emergency special meeting of the General Assembly, which is reviewing the resolution, was just another political anti-Russian show, this time claiming to be in a humanitarian context. He urged parliament’s 193 member states to oppose Ukraine-backed legislation and support a competitive draft South African resolution focused solely on humanitarian issues without political evaluation.
Ukraine’s Sergiy Kyslytsya and Russia’s Vassily Nebenzia are the first of a nearly 70 national delegation set to speak before a parliamentary vote on a rival resolution on the humanitarian effects of war, which is due on Thursday’s one-month anniversary.
Russia also called for a vote on its own humanitarian resolution at the UN Security Council late Wednesday, which was widely criticized for not mentioning an invasion of Ukraine.
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Kyslytsya said the Ukraine-backed parliamentary resolution was drafted by 24 diplomats from around the world, co-sponsored by nearly 100 countries, and focused on alleviating suffering and the need to “immediately end hostilities in the Russian Federation.”
“The intention of the proponents and co-sponsors of the resolution drafting is to ensure that those words are translated into immediate action on the ground,” he said. Why the text mentions the impact of conflict on food and energy security, especially in least-developed countries.
Nebenzia warned that the resolution of the situation in Ukraine would become more difficult if the draft was adopted.
He said this is because it is likely to bolster Ukrainian negotiators and encourage them to maintain their current unrealistic stance.
Russia canceled a vote on a humanitarian resolution last Friday.
Diplomats predicted that if at least nine were needed for approval without a veto, it would be overwhelmingly defeated with many abstentions and very few yes votes.
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Russia’s UN ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky told reporters on Tuesday that Russia had requested a vote on Wednesday.
He said that if Western countries did not support the Russian resolution, it would reflect their hypocrisy in not supporting pure humanitarian action without hypocrisy and politicization, like other humanitarian resolutions adopted by the 15-member committee.
U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield countered that “Russia canceled the vote on Friday because it knew there was no support for the resolution.” She said there is no support yet.
France and Mexico, with the support of Ukraine, have decided to refer the humanitarian resolution to a 193-member plenary after Russia said it would veto the Security Council after two weeks of negotiations. This makes it clear that the aid crisis was the result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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South Africa distributed a draft competition resolution to the Security Council on Monday that resembled the Russian text and made no mention of Russian aggression. It was sent to the General Assembly on Tuesday.
The South African draft calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities as a first step to ameliorate the deteriorating humanitarian situation and encourages political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means to achieve lasting peace.
Unlike the resolutions of the Security Council, the resolutions of the general meeting are not legally binding, but they do not have the veto power and have an influence on the reflection of international opinions.
The US ambassador said supporters of the French-Mexico resolution hope to get the same votes adopted in Congress on March 2 for a resolution calling for an immediate cessation of Russian military action and the withdrawal of all troops from Ukraine. The resolution was passed by a vote of 141 to 5 and 35 abstentions, and its supporters lauded Russia’s global isolation.
Thomas-Greenfield said, “Russia is an aggressor here and it is absolutely unconscionable to think that Russia can offer a humanitarian solution.” “What Russia has to do is stop fighting. Stop killing Ukrainians. Stop attacking civilians, forcing people out of their homes and creating a humanitarian crisis.”
The draft French-Mexico resolution reiterates that Russia on 2 March immediately ceases its military attack on Ukraine and withdraws all its troops, and calls for the protection of all civilians and essential infrastructure for survival.
The draft deplores the horrific humanitarian consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on a scale the international community has not seen in Europe in decades. And it deplores the Russian shelling, air raids and sieges of densely populated cities, especially the southern city of Mariupol.
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The proposed resolution strongly condemns attacks on civilians and civilian targets, including evacuation convoys, and requires all parties to protect civilians fleeing armed conflict and violence. It also requires unobstructed access, including transportation, supplies and equipment of aid workers.
The humanitarian resolution proposed by Russia, which circulated just a day after France and Mexico announced that they would submit a draft to the plenary, makes no mention of war. It only protects vulnerable civilians and calls for humanitarian aid and the safe passage of those who want to leave Ukraine.
We support UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for dialogue and negotiations and urge negotiations for a ceasefire to expedite the evacuation of all civilians.
The Russian draft further states that the parties involved will need to agree to a humanitarian pause for this purpose without revealing the parties involved.
Russian authorities have repeatedly falsely accused Russia of military setbacks or reports of civilian deaths in Ukraine as fake news, claiming they did not start the war. State media and government officials claim that the Russian military only targets military installations.