UN General Assembly could vote this week on suspending Russia from Human Rights Council
UN General Assembly could vote on suspending Russia from its Human Rights Council as early as Thursday, says US ambassador to UN
The U.S.-led proposal is expected to be presented to the Security Council on Tuesday and could reach the General Assembly “as soon as possible – this week, and possibly as early as Thursday,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin on Monday.
“It’s more than symbolic, and it has strength because it continues what we started, which is to isolate Russia and call them out for what they’re doing,” Thomas-Greenfield said. .
She added that the United States will continue to “examine all the options we have on the table to call out Russia, to isolate Russia, to unite the world against Russia.”
Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and has the right to veto its resolutions.
The push for a vote to see the country suspended from the Human Rights Council comes after Ukrainian officials accused Russian forces of killing and torturing hundreds of civilians in the town of Bucha, near kyiv.
Six dead in Kharkiv region in latest attacks, official says
At least six people have died in the Kharkiv region after Russian forces were accused of firing a range of weapons at the city of Kharkiv and its surroundings, the head of the regional state administration has said.
“During the last day, the occupants [launched] 54 hits from various types of long-range weapons,” Oleh Synegubov said in a Telegram on Tuesday. Publish. He said the attacks were deployed over a 24-hour period.
NBC News was unable to independently verify the claim or the reported death toll.
Synegubov said a number of districts were affected, including Saltivka, Oleksiyivka, Kholodna Hora, Derhachi and Chugiv.
A car displaying a white flag to suggest civilian occupants, is riddled with shrapnel on a street in Bucha on Monday.
Chernihiv cut off from heat supply after heavy fighting, official says
Chernihiv residents have no access to heating due to “damage to critical infrastructure” during fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, the head of the local regional administration said.
In a telegram Publish On Tuesday, Vyacheslav Chaus said electricity, water and gas supplies were “partially working”. However, he said there was “no heat supply”. Temperatures in the area hovered just below 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius)with warmer but still cool weather expected this week.
It comes as Russian troops have reportedly withdrawn from areas around Chernihiv and the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The UK Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces had recaptured key ground in northern Ukraine. However, he said low-intensity fighting was likely to continue in parts of the newly recaptured region.
Chaus said dozens of people died in the Chernihiv region “as a result of fires caused by Russian shelling”.
Seven humanitarian corridors will open on Tuesday, Ukraine says
Seven humanitarian corridors to evacuate residents of cities in southern and eastern Ukraine were due to open on Tuesday, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in a message posted on Telegram.
The beleaguered southern port city of Mariupol has been included in the list, with residents having to travel to Zaporizhzhia in their own vehicles rather than buses. However, safe routes out of town have come under fire or been blocked in recent weeks, making evacuations difficult or impossible, and Vereshchuk offered little cause for hope on Tuesday.
“Despite the promises of its leaders, the occupying forces do not allow anyone to travel to Mariupol,” she wrote on the Telegram post.
Seven buses were planned to help evacuate residents from Manhush, just east of Mariupol. Russian forces blocked representatives of the Red Cross on Monday, according to Vereshchuk.
“After negotiations, they were released at night and sent to Zaporizhia,” Vereshchuk said.
Tanya Nedashkivs’ka, 57, mourns the death of her husband, killed Monday in Bucha, a suburb of kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces have recaptured key ground in the north, UK says
Ukrainian forces have recaptured key ground in northern Ukraine, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
It comes after soldiers forced Russian forces to withdraw from areas around the city of Chernihiv and the capital, Kyiv, the ministry said in its latest intelligence report on Tuesday.
The ministry said low-intensity fighting “is likely to continue” in parts of the recaptured areas, but is expected to “significantly decrease over the course of this week” as Russian forces continue to withdraw.
He added that many Russian army units withdrawing from northern Ukraine “will likely require significant re-equipment and refurbishment before they are available to redeploy for operations in eastern Ukraine. “.
Zelensky will address the UN Security Council
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday as Russia faces mounting pressure over alleged atrocities in the town of Bucha, near kyiv.
Zelenskyy is due to address the council around 10 a.m. after a visit to Bucha, where he said up to 300 people were killed or tortured by Russian forces before they retreated from the Kyiv suburbs.
In one Tweeter On Monday, Britain’s mission to the United Nations said Britain’s presidency of the Council would “ensure that the truth is heard about Russia’s war crimes”.
“We are going to expose Putin’s war for what it really is,” he said.