During a United Nations (UN) meeting on Monday, the United States and its allies urged Russia to allow the safe passage of civilians in besieged Ukrainian cities and to assist in war-torn areas as the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine worsens.
Ambassadors from several countries, including the United States, Ireland and France, and UN Assistant Secretary-General Martin Griffiths have warned of increasing civilian casualties, including women and children and displaced persons.
“We need Russia’s firm, clear, public and clear commitment to allow and facilitate immediate and unrestricted humanitarian access to humanitarian partners in Ukraine,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN. Crisis.
Following the failure of the ceasefire agreement over the weekend, Russia on Monday morning provided escape routes for Ukrainians to Russia and its close ally Belarus.
“I do not know many Ukrainians who want to take refuge in Russia. This is hypocrisy,” said French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere.
More than 1.7 million people fled Ukraine, many Western companies fled Russia, and Western nations imposed severe sanctions on Russian banks and President Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, has accused Ukrainian authorities of not allowing civilians to flee.
Moscow, which denies attacking civilians, has vowed to launch a campaign that began on February 24 and calls it a “special military operation.”
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