Russia-Ukraine War, Day 30: India Abstains On UN Resolution, US-EU Announce Gas Deal

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The war between Russia and Ukraine has entered its 31st day today, a day after three summits in Brussels by  US President Joe Biden and his visit to NATO ally Poland’s eastern town of Rzeszow which is 80 kilometers from Ukraine. There was alsso continued shelling of Ukrainian targets by Russia near Dnipro and in the separatist-affected Luhansk region’s Rubizhne town as it claimed to destroy Ukraine's largest military fuel depot in Kyiv. 

The Institue for the Study of War, a U.S.-based think tank, tracked the progress of the Russian offensive in Ukraine as of March 24th:


The UN General Assembly resumed its 11th Emergency meeting on the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday. It adopted a resolution titled ‘Humanitarian consequences of the aggression against Ukraine’ early on Thursday, March 24th, during which 38 countries including India abstained from the vote. 

The UN stated on Wednesday, March 23rd, that it was considering two “competing” resolutions on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. (Document numbers A/ES-11/L.2 and A/ES-11/L.3). It ultimately adopted the one that mentioned the role of the Russian Federation in the ongoing conflict.

On Wednesday, the US, and 11 other countries abstained from voting on a UN Security Council draft resolution on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine moved by Russia. It ultimately failed to pass in the UNSC, primarily because it made no mention of the ‘invasion’ of Ukraine by Russia. The draft resolution was only supported by China, while the US criticized it in strong terms.

Here are the other key news updates on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Day 30:

Biden Pushes For ‘Uniting’ Against Russia, Expulsion From G20: During his Brussels trip on Thursday, US President Joe Biden said that all allies must “stay unified”, and even used the term “brute” to describe President Putin of Russia, while calling for the expulsion of Russia from the G20, an international economic group. He said that if Russia was not excluded then he would work to ensure Ukraine’s participation in the group as well.

China reacted to the US statement and said that Russia was an "important member" of the group, adding that "no member has the right to expel another country". 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that world leaders sharing the dias with Putin would be a "sep too far" in the present context. Russia has already been invited to the summit that will be hosted in Jakarta by Indonesia. 

US-EU Announce LNG Deal: The United States and European Union have unveiled a deal on trading Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) that will reduce the latter’s dependance on Russian imports of natural gas and oil. The US will provide 15 billion cubic meters of LNG this year. This comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded ‘hostile countries’ pay for Russian energy imports in rubles.

The G-7 alliance also issued a statement on Thursday, saying: “We commit to actively support countries willing to phase out their dependency on Russian gas, oil and coal imports.”

Zelensky Addresses NATO Summit, Biden Says 'Will Respond' To Use Of Chem Weapons: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the NATO summit at Brussels yesterday on Thursday and accused Russian President Putin of ‘war crimes’ of using banned weapons. Zelensky demanded weapons like tanks, fighter jets, multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), said Russia will ‘not stop at Ukraine’. Full statement here.

Joe Biden stated that “it will respond” to any use of chemical or other banned weapons in Ukraine. Today, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov dismissed these allegations as a ploy to ‘divert attention’.

Russia, Belarus Hit With New Sanctions: Belarus, which borders both Russia and Ukraine and is a staunch ally of the former, has been hit by new sanctions from the UK and Australia while the EU’s European Council has also conveyed its intent to implement sanctions on the country.US President Joe Biden also announced a package of additional 400 sanctions on Russian individuals and entities. They covered the 300 member Russian Duma, and 40 defense companies.

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said it was ‘foolish’ to expect sanctions on Russian businesses to affect the government.

 

Civilian Casualties And Displacements: Russia attacked a military fuel depot in Kyiv, reportedly the country’s largest, and are reported to be in control of Chernihiv. The mayor of Boryspil in Ukraine said 20,000 people have fled their homes.

Ukraine is renewing its efforts to evacuate citizens by ‘private vehicles’ from Mariupol in the southeast according to the Deputy PM. They will then be facilitated onward to Zaporizhzhia. 300 people have been feared dead by authorities in Mariupol due to bombing on a drama theatre where civilians were sheltering, last week.

As per the UN, 3.56 million Ukrainians have fled the country, and 6.5 million have been internally displaced. The international body said that over 1,000 civilians have been killed so far since February 24th. The OCHCR has also said that the figures could be “significantly higher”.

 

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