Russia suspended from UNHRC over Ukraine crisis

New Delhi: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) suspended Russia from United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. While 93 countries voted in favour of the draft resolution to suspend Russia from UNHRC over Ukraine, 24 countries voted against it at the UNGA. A total of 58 countries including India abstained from the voting.

“We continue to remain deeply concerned at the worsening situation and reiterate our call for end to all hostilities. When innocent human lives are at stake, diplomacy must prevail as the only viable option,” said TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to UN.

Impact of the crisis has also been felt beyond the region with increasing food and energy costs, especially for many developing countries. It’s in our collective interest to work constructively, both inside UN and outside, towards seeking an early resolution to the conflict, added Tirumurti.

Recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha are deeply disturbing. We have unequivocally condemned these killings and support the call for an independent investigation, he added.

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