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India Abstains in UNGA on Resolution by Ukraine & Allies on Humanitarian Crisis

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India Abstains in UNGA on Resolution by Ukraine & Allies on Humanitarian Crisis
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UN General Assembly on Thursday, 24 March, approved the resolution blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire.

However, India once again abstained from voting. "The draft resolution didn't fully reflect our expected focus on these challenges," Ambassador TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN, said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that there was a "real" threat that Moscow would use chemical weapons in Ukraine and accused Russia of using phosphorus bombs on Thursday, 24 March, reported AFP.

He also asked North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to provide Kyiv with unrestricted military support.

Meanwhile, United States would be taking in up to 100,000 Ukrainian war refugees, the White House said on Thursday. NATO leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday.

Snapshot
  • US President Joe Biden said that NATO would continue to support Ukraine with security assistance to fight Russian aggression

  • NATO leaders want China to oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine

  • NATO leaders extended the mandate of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a year amid the Russia-Ukraine war

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the country would be providing additional 6000 missiles to Ukraine.

  • Russia said it was expelling US diplomats in retaliation for Washington's move to remove 12 of Moscow's representatives to the UN

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9:41 PM , 24 Mar

Real Threat Russia Will Use Chemical Weapons in Ukraine: Zelenskyy 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday that there is a "real" threat that Moscow will use chemical weapons in Ukraine. He also accused Russia of having already used phosphorus bombs against civilians in the country.

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9:14 PM , 24 Mar

UNGA Approves Resolution Blaming Russia For Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine, India Abstains

UN General Assembly has approved the resolution which blames Russia for the humanitarian crisis in the country and has called for an immediate ceasefire.

India once again abstained from voting on the resolution.

"India abstained on the resolution since what we require now is to focus on cessation of hostilities & urgent humanitarian assistance. The draft resolution didn't fully reflect our expected focus on these challenges," Ambassador TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN, said.

8:37 PM , 24 Mar

3.7 Mn People Have Fled Ukraine in the Last Month: UN's Refugee Agency

Almost 3.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began on 24 February, according to the UN's refugee agency, reports AFP.

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8:30 PM , 24 Mar

'Have Activated our Chemical, Biological, & Nuclear Defence Elements': NATO Chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, 24 March, said Russia "might use the pretext of NATO preparing for a biological attack to carry out the same in Ukraine".

"We are concerned. If it happens, it'll change the nature of the conflict. It won't just affect Ukraine but also NATO countries," he said.

"NATO allies have agreed to supply weapons to Ukraine to tackle such attacks. We have activated our chemical, biological, and nuclear defence elements," he added.

He said that China should join the rest of world in condemning Russia's actions.

"Our message to China is that they should join the rest of the world and condemn the brutal war against Ukraine and should neither support Russia economically nor militarily."


Published: 24 Mar 2022, 8:42 AM IST
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