The United Nations Organization (UN) has applied this monday “safe corridors” to deliver humanitarian aid to the areas of hostilities in Ukraine besieged by Russian troops, who entered the country on February 24.
“Civilians in places like Mariupol, Kharkiv, Melitopol desperately need helpespecially life-saving medical supplies,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths.
The Council of the institution has met tonight in an emergency to address the situation of civilians in the Ukrainian country in the face of the Russian invasion. The two-hour meeting has been marked at times by tense exchangeseven insults, between the Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors.
Subsequently, there was a closed-door session for one hourrequested by France and Mexico, which have stated that they are continuing to prepare a draft resolution calling for the “cessation of hostilities”.
During the talks, Moscow, backed by Beijing (both with veto power), has categorically refused any “political” mention that was not related to humanitarian aid.
Civilians must choose leadership voluntarily
For safe humanitarian access, “many modalities are possible, but this must be done in accordance with the obligations of the parties under the laws of warGriffiths said, without giving further details. “The parties must ensure at all times that civilians, civilian homes and infrastructure do not suffer in their military operations,” he added.
“This includes allowing the safe passage of civilians leaving areas of active hostilities on a voluntary basis, in the direction of their choice“, the UN official insisted, since four of the six humanitarian corridors planned by Moscow lead to Russia or Belarus.
Till the date, the UN has not intervened in the “humanitarian corridors” negotiated between Russia and Ukraine so that civilians can safely flee the fighting, according to its spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.
USA denounces that “children are dying”
For her part, the United States ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has strongly denounced that “children are dying” in the conflict.
“They have stopped talking“
“The little children have also been severely traumatized by the violence and destruction they have witnessed, to the point that they have stopped speaking. The physical and psychological wounds of this war will be lasting,” the diplomat predicted.
The Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, has referred to the presence on Ukrainian soil of “tens of thousands of decomposing bodies in the fields.” “I mean the bodies of russian soldiers“, he added, and has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross to create a “database” of the Russian military dead or prisoners of war.