Putin appoints new commander for Ukraine after failing to capture Kyiv; Shelling in Luhansk and Dnipro regions of Ukraine injures one

Debris covers the yard of a maternity hospital damaged in shelling on Wednesday March 9, 2022 in Mariupol, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

This was India’s 12th abstention at the United Nations — the 11th since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 — but it was New Delhi’s strongest message to Moscow yet. Because an abstention — it doesn’t count for calculating the tally — at the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council is effectively seen as siding with those who voted “yes,” in the Essentially the West led by the US.

Even more so when Russia had warned countries that voting yes or abstaining would be considered an “unfriendly gesture” with consequences for bilateral relations, according to a note retrieved by Reuters. The Indian Express has learned that the Russian envoy Denis Alipov had approached senior Indian diplomats to vote for him. Nevertheless, New Delhi chose to abstain.

The perpetrators of the killings of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha were guilty of war crimes and must be held accountable, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday. “We mustn’t forget that,” said Scholz, referring to the deaths of civilians in the city northwest of Kyiv. “We cannot overlook the fact that this is a crime. These are war crimes that we will not condone… those who have done this must be held accountable.”

Since Russian troops withdrew from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials said hundreds of civilians have been found dead. Bucha’s deputy mayor said more than 360 civilians were killed and about 260 to 280 buried in a mass grave by other residents. Russia has labeled claims that Russian troops executed civilians in Bucha while occupying the city as a “monstrous fabrication” designed to denigrate the Russian army.

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