The United Nations Common Meeting has adopted a decision demanding support entry and civilian safety in Ukraine – and criticising Russia for making a ‘dire’ humanitarian scenario.

Nearly three-quarters of the United Nations Common Meeting has voted to demand support entry and civilian safety in Ukraine, and criticised Russia for making a “dire” humanitarian scenario after Moscow invaded its neighbour one month in the past.

It’s the second time the 193-member Common Meeting has overwhelmingly remoted Russia over what Moscow calls a “particular army operation” that it says goals to destroy Ukraine’s army infrastructure. UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres has blasted Russia’s “absurd struggle”.

The decision adopted on Thursday, which was drafted by Ukraine and allies, acquired 140 votes in favour and 5 votes towards – Russia, Syria, North Korean, Eritrea and Belarus – whereas 38 nations, together with China, abstained.

Ukraine and its allies had been trying to match or enhance on help acquired for a March 2 General Assembly resolution that deplored Russia’s “aggression” and demanded it withdraw its troops. That received 141 “yes” votes, the identical 5 “no” votes, whereas 35 states – together with China – abstained.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield described the vote on Thursday as an “astounding success”, telling reporters: “There’s actually no distinction between 141 and 140.”

South Africa proposed a rival draft decision that centered on the humanitarian scenario and didn’t point out Russia. Russia appealed for nations to help that textual content, arguing that the decision drafted by Ukraine and allies had been “politicised”.

The Common Meeting determined to not act on the South African draft after Ukraine referred to as a vote underneath a rule regarding draft resolutions earlier than the physique on the identical subject.

The decision adopted on Thursday calls for the safety of civilians, medical personnel, support employees, journalists, hospitals and different civilian infrastructure. It additionally calls for an finish to the siege of cities, specifically Mariupol.

Ukraine and Western allies have accused Moscow of attacking civilians indiscriminately. Moscow denies attacking civilians.

The decision echoes the March 2 Common Meeting textual content by once more demanding that Moscow cease combating and withdraw its troops from Ukraine.


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