Within the framework of the renewed 11th emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on Ukraine, 140 countries voted “for” the resolution “Humanitarian consequences of aggression against Ukraine.” It clearly identifies the original causes of the humanitarian catastrophe and focuses on urgently needed steps to alleviate humanitarian suffering on the ground.

By supporting this document, UN member states reaffirmed that Russia bears exclusive responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine and condemned the aggressor’s violation of international humanitarian law.

The approved document calls on Russia to immediately stop attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, stop the siege of cities, and provide unimpeded access for humanitarian personnel and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The resolution calls for the protection of civilians leaving the war zone, including foreign nationals, particularly students, and for their safe and unhindered movement.

The resolution also warns of the possible consequences of Russia’s aggression on global food security, as well as the possible environmental consequences of shelling nuclear facilities.

UN Member States stressed the need to fully implement the UN General Assembly resolution of 2 March 2022 “Aggression against Ukraine” and tasked the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to prepare a report on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

The adopted resolution was the result of collective and thorough efforts of more than two dozen countries from all over the world, co-sponsored by 90 countries.

Natalia Tolub

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