India, along with 12 other UN Security Council members, abstained from voting on Russia’s resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
The draft resolution by Russia was co-sponsored by Syria, North Korea and Belarus. It could not be accepted into the Council on Wednesday as it did not get the required nine yes votes to pass.
Russia and China voted in favor of the resolution while no countries voted against. India and the remaining members of the Security Council abstained.
Permanent and veto-wielding councilor Russia called for a vote in the 15-nation Security Council on its draft resolution “which calls for full protection of civilians, including humanitarian personnel and persons in vulnerable situations, including women and children,” “ceasefire to enable the safe, rapid, voluntary and unhindered evacuation of civilians, and stresses the need for the parties concerned to agree on humanitarian breaks for this purpose.”
The Russian resolution, which makes no reference to its invasion of Ukraine, calls on all parties involved to allow safe and unhindered passage to destinations outside Ukraine, including to foreign citizens without discrimination, and to secure and unhindered facilitate access to humanitarian aid to those in Ukraine. need in and around Ukraine, taking into account the special needs of women, girls, men and boys, the elderly and people with disabilities.
While other Councilors made statements after the vote on the resolution, India made no statement. India has previously remained on two occasions in the Security Council and once in the General Assembly on resolutions on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, tweeted that “in a united protest vote”, 13 members of the Security Council recalled Russia’s witty resolution to blame for the humanitarian crisis it had created in Ukraine. to reject.
In the Voting Statement, Thomas-Greenfield said it was really “unconscious” that Russia would have the audacity to propose a resolution calling on the international community to resolve a humanitarian crisis that Russia alone has created.
“The United States intends to abstain from this text because, to put it bluntly, Russia does not care about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, or the millions of lives and dreams that have crushed the war. If they did, they would stop. fight.
“Russia is the aggressor, the attacker, the invader – the only party in Ukraine involved in a campaign of brutality against the people of Ukraine – and they want us to adopt a resolution that does not acknowledge their guilt. , “she said.
British Ambassador Barbara Woodward has said her country will not vote for any resolution, whether in the Security Council or in the General Assembly, which does not recognize Russia as the sole cause of this unfolding humanitarian disaster – and is therefore key to end.
“Russia’s concept called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law. It ignored Russia’s war crimes. Russia’s concept called for the protection of civilians, including women and children. But it left out Russia’s maternity hospitals. , schools and homes are bombing, “Woodward said.
Russia’s Security Council resolution was one of three resolutions on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, which were presented to the UN General Assembly and Security Council on Wednesday.
The UN General Assembly resumed its 11th special emergency session on Ukraine on Wednesday and had two resolutions before it. The 193-member General Assembly is expected to vote on the resolutions on Thursday.
One UNGA resolution by Ukraine and its Western allies on the ‘Humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine’ calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities by Russia against Ukraine, in particular any attacks on civilians and civilian objects. It also demands that civilians, including humanitarian personnel, journalists and persons in vulnerable situations, including women and children, be fully protected.
It demands that the parties fulfill their obligation to ensure the safe and unhindered humanitarian access of humanitarian personnel as well as their means of transport, supplies and equipment to those in need in Ukraine and its neighboring countries.
The other competing resolution proposed by South Africa ‘Humanitarian situation arising from the conflict in Ukraine’ makes no mention of Russia. It calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities by “all parties” in the conflict, and encourages political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means aimed at achieving lasting peace.
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