FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the United Nations Security Council meeting on Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, U.S. March 14, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly /File Photo
March 16, 2022
By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on Friday on a Russian-penned call for access to aid and civil protection in Ukraine, but diplomats say the measure will fall because it does not push for an end to the fighting or withdrawal of Russian troops.
The draft resolution seen by Reuters also does not address accountability or recognize Russia’s invasion of its neighbor.
British Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward described these as “blatant omissions” in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday and said Russia was “playing a game”. She said Britain will not vote for Russia’s draft text.
“Your resolution calls on the parties to respect international humanitarian law, but ignores the fact that Russia is committing war crimes,” she said. “It is their invasion and their actions that are driving this humanitarian crisis.”
A Security Council resolution needs at least nine yes votes and no veto by Russia, China, Britain, France or the United States to pass. Diplomats said the Russian move would fail because most of the 15 members were likely to abstain.
“We will not give credit to Russia’s efforts to evade accountability, responsibility and blame for its unprovoked aggression,” said Olivia Dalton, spokeswoman for the US Mission to the United Nations.
Russia presented the text after France and Mexico withdrew their own push for a Council resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, saying Moscow had vetoed it. Instead, they plan to put it to a vote in the 193-seat General Assembly, where no country will veto it.
“We have said from the beginning that we would be ready to adopt a humanitarian resolution on the situation in Ukraine, provided that this is not an excuse to re-blame and shame Russia,” Russia’s UN official said. Envoy Wassili Nebenzia on Tuesday.
The Russian-drafted Security Council resolution “requires that civilians, including humanitarian workers, and those in vulnerable situations, including women and children, be fully protected.” It also calls for safe and unhindered access for relief supplies and the safe passage of people from the United States Ukraine.
Ukraine and its western allies have accused Moscow of indiscriminately targeting civilians. Thousands of people were killed during the Russian invasion that began on February 24 and several millions were displaced.
Russia has described its military actions in Ukraine as a “special operation”. It denies attacks on civilians and says its airstrikes, ground and sea offensive are aimed at destroying Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
The UN Security Council will also meet on Thursday to be briefed on Ukraine, diplomats said at the request of the United States, Albania, Britain, France, Ireland and Norway.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by William Maclean and Tim Ahmann)
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