Almost three-quarters of the UN General Assembly demanded aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine on Thursday and criticised Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation after Moscow invaded its neighbour one month ago.
It is the second time the 193-member General Assembly has overwhelmingly isolated Russia over what Moscow calls a “special military operation” that it says aims to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has blasted Russia’s “absurd war”. Thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine, millions made refugees, and cities pulverised in the past month.
The resolution adopted on Thursday, which was drafted by Ukraine and allies, received 140 votes in favour and five votes against – Russia, Syria, North Korean, Eritrea and Belarus – while 38 countries, including China, abstained.