| 26 February 2024, Monday |

UAE calls on parties in Ukraine-Russia conflict to avoid targeting civilians

The UAE’s Mission to the United Nations issued a statement on Monday urging all parties involved in the war between Ukraine and Russia to avoid targeting civilian targets such as schools and hospitals.

The UAE also “seriously regret[s]” the failure of a proposal to build humanitarian corridors to allow civilians in Ukraine to flee safely.

Humanitarian corridors are “temporary and flawed solutions,” according to the statement, but they are “an emergency step to safeguard people.”

The United Arab Emirates renewed its call for a cease-fire and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. The country will contribute $5 million in financial assistance.

As part of its humanitarian relief operations to assist the needy population in Ukraine, the US sent an airplane carrying 30 tonnes of emergency health aid and medical supplies on Monday.

The UAE voted in favor of a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on March 4 to initiate an inquiry into alleged human rights abuses in the Syria after abstaining from a vote on a draft UN Security Council resolution to end the conflict on Friday February 25.

On Tuesday, the Kremlin suggested a truce to allow civilians to flee to Belarus and Russia unharmed.

The suggestion was initially rejected by Ukraine. The plan is “completely immoral,” according to a spokesperson for President Volodomyr Zelenskyy’s office, who believes citizens should be allowed to flee through Ukrainian territory.

Since the invasion began on February 24, Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of committing war crimes by attacking civilian areas.

Since the conflict began, the UNHRC has confirmed the deaths of 406 civilians, including 27 children, according to the UNHRC, however the exact count is likely to be significantly higher.

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