EU to present resolution to UN General Assembly demanding immediate withdrawal of Russian forces (Ambassador Astuto)


Ugo Astuto, European Union ambassador to India and Bhutan, said on Saturday the EU would present a resolution to the UN General Assembly demanding the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces amid tension between Kyiv and Moscow. . “We will propose a resolution to the UN General Assembly to demand the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces,” Ugo Astuto said in a tweet.

On Friday, the ambassador said the heads of mission of the EU and its member states stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian ambassador and condemned Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified” military operation. “The Heads of Mission of the EU and its Member States stand in solidarity with the Ambassador of #Ukraine. The EU condemns in the strongest terms the unprovoked and unjustified military attack by the Russian Federation. EU is united in its solidarity with Ukraine and its people,” said Ugo Astuto. Tweeted.

Meanwhile, as many as fifty countries issued a joint statement claiming that Russia had “abused” its right of veto by blocking a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning Russian military action in Ukraine. This comes after Russia on Friday vetoed a draft UN resolution on Ukraine.

The joint statement, which was read aloud by US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the resolution was “vital and direct”. “Fundamentally, it was about whether the countries of the Security Council – responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security – believe in respecting the Charter of the United Nations,” the statement said. Holding Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible, the signatories said Russia’s action amounted to a “violation of the Charter of the United Nations.”

It comes as the Russian army continues to advance in Ukraine’s capital, according to media reports. Explosions in parts of Kiev were heard on Friday as Russian forces approached the city, CNN reported on Saturday. Eyewitness videos show explosions occurring in the Ukrainian capital, as some media outlets said Ukraine and Russia were discussing a place and time for talks. (ANI)

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities. Later, Putin ordered special military operations “to protect” the residents of the Donbass region. Several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations and imposed sanctions on Moscow. (ANI)

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