BEIJING: On Friday, the Russia-Ukraine confrontation raged on as important parties attempted to broker a peaceful resolution. The latest developments in the scenario are as follows:
On Thursday, UN member states passed a resolution on Ukraine’s humanitarian situation.
The resolution gained 140 yes votes and five no votes, with 38 countries voting no.
The text strongly encourages the continued negotiations between all parties, and again urges the immediate peaceful resolution of the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine “through political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means in accordance with international law.”
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Ukraine set up seven humanitarian corridors on Thursday to evacuate civilians, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported, citing Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
At a media briefing, Vereshchuk said 45 buses are set to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol in Donetsk, adding that the evacuation will continue in towns and villages in the southern Zaporizhzhia region and the central Kiev region.
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The accusation that China had prior knowledge of Russia’s military activity in Ukraine was dismissed as false information by a Chinese military official on Thursday.
According to Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, the distribution of such falsehoods by the US is aimed to avoid responsibility and discredit China.
“We believe that to resolve the current crisis, we must uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and respect and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries,” said Wu.
It is crucial to adhere to the principle of indivisible security and accommodate the legitimate security concerns of the parties involved, Wu added.
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The U.S. Department of Defense was directly involved in developing biological weapon components in Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Documents received from Ukrainian employees working at the laboratories were studied by Russian experts and have shown that Ukrainian biological projects were directly developed and approved by the Pentagon, the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing.
Courtesy Bol News