At rare U.N. session, Russia is pressed to stop war in Ukraine
March 1, 2022
UNITED NATIONS - Ambassadors from dozens of countries on Monday backed a proposal demanding that Russia halt its attack on Ukraine, as the U.N. General Assembly held a rare emergency session during a day of frenzied and sometimes fractious diplomacy surrounding the five-day-old war.
"If Ukraine does not survive ... international peace will not survive," Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said at the assembly's first emergency meeting since 1997. "Have no illusions. If Ukraine does not survive, we cannot be surprised if democracy fails next."
Reflecting escalating global alarm, both of the U.N.'s major bodies - the 193-nation assembly and the smaller, more powerful Security Council - took the unusual step of holding simultaneous, hastily scheduled meetings on the war. In Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Council voted to hold its own urgent session.