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At rare U.N. session, Russia is pressed to stop war in Ukraine



Swiss President Ignazio Cassis delivers a speech at the opening of a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Feb. 28, 2022, in Geneva. The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to hold an urgent debate about Russia's deadly invasion of Ukraine at Kyiv's request, amid widespread international condemnation of Moscow's attack.

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.


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