A draft humanitarian resolution on Ukraine and a UN accusation of Russia is responsible for the crisis

A draft humanitarian resolution on Ukraine and a UN accusation of Russia is responsible for the crisis On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a draft humanitarian resolution on the situation in Ukraine. The Russian attack on Ukraine continues, while the number of dead, wounded and refugees there is increasing.  The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and calling for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of millions of civilians, homes, schools and hospitals.  On Thursday, the vote on the resolution came by 140 to 5, as Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea joined Russia in opposing the measure, and 38 countries abstained from voting, including China.  The resolution denounces the "grave humanitarian consequences" of the Russian attack, which it says "came on a scale not seen by the international community in Europe for decades." It regrets Russia's bombing, its air strikes and its "siege" of densely populated cities, including the city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, and demands unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.  The result of the vote was almost identical to the resolution adopted by the assembly on March 2 to demand an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Russian forces. It demands the protection of all civilians and infrastructure. The result of the previous vote came by 141 votes to 5, with 35 countries abstaining.  Moscow condemned the decision as "anti-Russian" and accused its supporters of not worrying about the humanitarian situation on the ground, saying they wanted to politicize aid.  Ukraine destroys a large Russian landing ship  Ukraine said Thursday it had destroyed a large Russian landing ship called the "Orsk" in the port of Berdyansk on the Russian-occupied Azov Sea. Video footage that Reuters was able to confirm filmed from inside Berdyansk showed a plume of smoke rising from a dock fire and a flash of an explosion.  In the footage, two ships, one of them apparently damaged, were seen sailing from the pier, while a third ship caught fire.  Reuters was unable to confirm whether the Orsk was the ship that caught fire in the footage. Russian officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  "Yes, it was destroyed," Deputy Defense Minister Hana Maliar said in a video briefing when asked about the Orsk. It added that the ship was capable of carrying 45 armored personnel carriers and 400 people.  For her part, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said that Russian forces prevented civilians from leaving the besieged city of Mariupol on Thursday, despite the Ukrainian authorities preparing 40 buses to evacuate them.  Increasing death toll  The United Nations announced Thursday that at least 1,035 Ukrainian civilians were killed and 1,650 others were injured as a result of the Russian attacks, while 3,674,952 fled to neighboring countries.  Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees showed that Poland hosts half of Ukrainian refugees, while more than 113,000 people have left the Donetsk and Lugansk regions for Russia.  In a related context, World Health Organization data showed that 64 health facilities were attacked in Ukraine from February 24 to March 22, without accusations being brought against any party. These attacks killed 15 people and injured 37 others.  On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of "tough" economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.  To end the operation, Russia requires Ukraine to abandon any plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to adhere to complete neutrality, which Kyiv considers an "interference in its sovereignty."

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a draft humanitarian resolution on the situation in Ukraine. The Russian attack on Ukraine continues, while the number of dead, wounded and refugees there is increasing.

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and calling for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of millions of civilians, homes, schools and hospitals.

On Thursday, the vote on the resolution came by 140 to 5, as Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea joined Russia in opposing the measure, and 38 countries abstained from voting, including China.

The resolution denounces the "grave humanitarian consequences" of the Russian attack, which it says "came on a scale not seen by the international community in Europe for decades." It regrets Russia's bombing, its air strikes and its "siege" of densely populated cities, including the city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, and demands unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.

The result of the vote was almost identical to the resolution adopted by the assembly on March 2 to demand an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Russian forces. It demands the protection of all civilians and infrastructure. The result of the previous vote came by 141 votes to 5, with 35 countries abstaining.

Moscow condemned the decision as "anti-Russian" and accused its supporters of not worrying about the humanitarian situation on the ground, saying they wanted to politicize aid.

Ukraine destroys a large Russian landing ship

Ukraine said Thursday it had destroyed a large Russian landing ship called the "Orsk" in the port of Berdyansk on the Russian-occupied Azov Sea. Video footage that Reuters was able to confirm filmed from inside Berdyansk showed a plume of smoke rising from a dock fire and a flash of an explosion.

In the footage, two ships, one of them apparently damaged, were seen sailing from the pier, while a third ship caught fire.

Reuters was unable to confirm whether the Orsk was the ship that caught fire in the footage. Russian officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Yes, it was destroyed," Deputy Defense Minister Hana Maliar said in a video briefing when asked about the Orsk. It added that the ship was capable of carrying 45 armored personnel carriers and 400 people.

For her part, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said that Russian forces prevented civilians from leaving the besieged city of Mariupol on Thursday, despite the Ukrainian authorities preparing 40 buses to evacuate them.

Increasing death toll

The United Nations announced Thursday that at least 1,035 Ukrainian civilians were killed and 1,650 others were injured as a result of the Russian attacks, while 3,674,952 fled to neighboring countries.

Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees showed that Poland hosts half of Ukrainian refugees, while more than 113,000 people have left the Donetsk and Lugansk regions for Russia.

In a related context, World Health Organization data showed that 64 health facilities were attacked in Ukraine from February 24 to March 22, without accusations being brought against any party. These attacks killed 15 people and injured 37 others.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of "tough" economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.

To end the operation, Russia requires Ukraine to abandon any plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to adhere to complete neutrality, which Kyiv considers an "interference in its sovereignty."
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