Russia, candidate for election to four UN committees, loses all as more support pours in for Ukraine – Reuters
UNITED NATIONS: Russia, a candidate for election to four UN committees, lost them all, including one to Ukraine, a verdict seen as isolating Moscow on the world stage.
Elections were held on Wednesday at the United Nations Economic and Social Council to fill various vacancies in subsidiary and related bodies.
Russia was a candidate for elections to the Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations, the Executive Board of UN Women, the Executive Board of UNICEF and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
“Russia participated in 4 @UN committee elections today. Lost in all of them. UN membership isolates Russia and stands with Ukraine,” the UK mission tweeted. United with the UN.
The European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York said today’s #ECOSOC election results show that Russia’s aggression has disqualified them from serving in key UN bodies.
Russia participated in 4 elections for @UN committees today.
He lost in all of them.
UN membership isolates Russia and stands with Ukraine.#StandWithUkraine
The presidents of four countries on Russia’s doorstep visited Ukraine on Wednesday and underscored their support for the beleaguered country, where they saw badly damaged buildings and demanded accountability for what they called war crimes committed by Russian forces.
The visit of the Presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was a strong show of solidarity from the countries on NATO’s eastern flank, three of them like Ukraine which was once part of the Soviet Union.
The leaders traveled by train to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to meet their counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and visited Borodyanka, one of the nearby towns where evidence of atrocities was found after Russian troops withdrew to concentrate in the east of the country.
“The fight for the future of Europe is taking place here,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said, calling for tougher sanctions, including against Russian oil and gas shipments and all banks in the country.
Elsewhere, in one of the most pivotal battles of the war, Russia said more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops had moved into the beleaguered southern port of Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces held out in pockets of the city .
A Ukrainian official denied this claim, which could not be verified.
Russia invaded on February 24 with the aim, according to Western officials, of taking kyiv, overthrowing the government and installing a favorable one for Moscow.
But the ground advance slowly stalled and Russia lost potentially thousands of fighters.
The conflict has killed countless Ukrainian civilians and forced millions more to flee.
It has also shaken the global economy, threatened global food supplies and upset the balance of post-Cold War Europe.
Appearing alongside Zelenskyy in an ornate hall of Kyiv’s historic Mariinskyi Palace on Wednesday, Nauseda, Estonian President Alar Karis, Polish Andrzej Duda and Latvian Egils Levits reiterated their commitment to supporting Ukraine politically and with military aid.
“We know this story. We know what Russian occupation means. We know what Russian terrorism means,” Duda said.
He added that those who committed war crimes and those who gave the orders should be held accountable.
“If someone sends planes, if someone sends troops to bomb residential areas, kill civilians, assassinate them, that’s not war,” he said.
“It’s cruelty, it’s banditry, it’s terrorism.”
In his daily late-night address, Zelenskyy noted that International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan visited the Kyiv suburb of Bucha on Wednesday, where more than 400 bodies had been found, while an ICC investigation was ongoing.
Evidence of massacres of civilians was found there after the Russian retreat.
“It is inevitable that Russian troops will be held responsible. We will bring everyone to court, and not just for what was done to Bucha,” Zelenskyy said.
Also on Wednesday, a report commissioned by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe revealed “clear patterns of violations (of international humanitarian law) by Russian forces in their conduct of hostilities”.
It was written by experts selected by Ukraine and published by the Vienna-based organization, which promotes security and human rights.
The report said there were also violations by Ukraine, but concluded that those committed by Russia “are far greater in scale and nature.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that his troops have committed atrocities, saying on Tuesday that Moscow “has no choice” but to invade and will continue “until its complete completion and the fulfillment of the tasks assigned to it”. have been fixed”.
He insisted Russia’s campaign was going according to plan despite a major withdrawal after his forces failed to take the capital and suffered heavy casualties.
Russian troops are now preparing for a major offensive in the eastern region of Donbass, where Moscow-allied separatists and Ukrainian forces have been fighting since 2014, and where Russia has recognized the separatists’ demands for independence.
A key part of the Russian campaign is Mariupol, which is in the Donbass and which the Russians have beaten since almost the start of the war.
The spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General. Igor Konashenkov said 1,026 soldiers from the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade went to a metal factory in the city.
But Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, dismissed that claim, telling Current Time TV that “the battle for the seaport is still going on today.”
It was unclear when a surrender might have taken place or how many forces were still defending Mariupol.