It was India’s 12th vote at the United Nations where it abstained – the 11th since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 – but it was New Delhi’s clearest message to Moscow. until now. For an abstention – it does not count for the count – in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council is, in fact, considered to be siding with side of those who voted “yes”, essentially the US-led West.
Even more, while, according to a note consulted by Reuters, Russia had warned the countries that a vote for yes or an abstention would be considered a “hostile gesture” with consequences for bilateral relations. The Indian Express has learned that Russian envoy Denis Alipov contacted senior Indian diplomats to vote for him. However, New Delhi chose to abstain.
Those responsible for killing civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha are guilty of war crimes and must be held accountable, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday. “It’s something we can’t forget,” Scholz said, referring to civilian deaths in the city northwest of Kyiv. “We cannot ignore that this is a crime. These are war crimes that we will not accept…those who did this must be held accountable.
Since Russian troops withdrew from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials have said hundreds of civilians have been found dead. The deputy mayor of Bucha said more than 360 civilians were killed and around 260 to 280 were buried in a mass grave by other residents. Russia has called allegations that Russian forces executed civilians in Bucha as they occupied the town a “monstrous fake” aimed at disparaging the Russian military.