The UN Security Council will vote on Friday on a Russian-drafted resolution on access to aid and protection of civilians in Ukraine, but diplomats say the move will inevitably fail because it does not call for an end to fighting or withdrawal. of the Russian forces. .
The draft resolution, seen by Reuters, also does not address accountability or acknowledge Russia’s invasion of its neighbor.
Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Barbara Woodward, called the project a “blatant omission” from what was really going on, saying in a video post on Twitter on Tuesday that Russia was “playing a game”. She added that Britain would not vote in favor of the Russian draft resolution.
“Your draft calls on the parties to respect international humanitarian law, but ignores the fact that Russia is committing war crimes… Its invasion and its actions are the cause of this deepening of the humanitarian crisis,” he said.
Any Security Council resolution that is adopted would need at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes from Russia, China, Britain, France or the United States.
Diplomats said the Russian measure would fail because most of the 15 members would likely abstain from voting.
“We will not give credit to Russia’s efforts to evade accountability, responsibility and blame for its unwarranted aggression,” said Olivia Dalton, spokeswoman for the US mission to the United Nations.
Russia introduced the text after France and Mexico withdrew their push for a Security Council resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine because they said Moscow would have vetoed it. Instead, they plan to put it to a vote in the 193-member General Assembly, where no country has a veto.
“We have said from the beginning that we will be ready to adopt a humanitarian resolution on the situation in Ukraine, as long as this is not a cover to blame and smear Russia again,” Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia said on Tuesday.
The Russian-drafted Security Council draft resolution calls for “full protection of civilians, including humanitarian workers, and people at risk, including women and children.” It also calls for the safe and unimpeded access of aid and the safe exit of civilians from Ukraine.
Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Moscow of indiscriminately targeting civilians. Thousands were killed during the Russian invasion, which began on February 24, and several million were displaced.
Russia describes its military actions in Ukraine as a “special operation”. He denies targeting civilians and says his airstrikes and ground and sea offensive are aimed at destroying Ukraine’s military infrastructure.
Diplomats said the Security Council would also meet Thursday to update it on developments in Ukraine, at the request of the United States, Albania, Britain, France, Ireland and Norway.