UN General Assembly Likely to Vote Again on Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote this week on a resolution to criticize Russia’s assault on Ukraine, urge a ceasefire and bring more aid to millions of civilians trapped in the escalating conflict.

It will be the second time the 193-member assembly will decide on a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria said no during the first vote, while China and 35 other nations abstained, effectively blocking the draft.

A new draft resolution, which Abu Dhabi newspaper The National had obtained, seeks to condemn Russia for launching what it called a “military offensive … on a scale that the international community has not seen in Europe in decades.”

Ukraine and its allies demanded in the resolution the protection of civilians. Moscow has denied allegations of attacking civilians indiscriminately.

The draft also highlighted the recent siege of Ukrainian city Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces refused a Russian demand to surrender. Russian forces there had warned Ukrainians of a “terrible humanitarian catastrophe” that was coming.

Russia had prepared a similar resolution about humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, which it invaded on Feb. 24, but pulled it last week from a scheduled vote.

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