Situation in danger of spiralling into a major crisis’: India at UNSC on Ukraine crisis

Amid Russia’s launch of a “military operation” in Ukraine, India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN), TS Tirumurti, called for an immediate de-escalation at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened on Thursday, for an emergency meeting to discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Calling for an immediate de-escalation, India at UNSC, said, “We call for an immediate de-escalation; situation is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis. If not handled carefully, it may undermine security. The security of all parties should be taken into account.”

Pointing out that there are more than 20,000 Indian students in Ukraine, the Tirumuti added, “we are facilitating the return of all Indian nationals including students as may be required.”

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine citing alleged threats emanating from the country. Soon after his announcement, explosions could be heard from many parts of the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev.

The Indian representative also noted that during a Security Council meeting two days ago, India had called for de-escalation of tensions and had underlined the need for sustained and focused diplomacy.

Meanwhile, defending the “military operation,” Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said, “Special operation declared by President Putin is to protect the people of Ukraine who have been suffering for years. We aim to de-genocide Ukraine…,” news agency ANI reported.

Condemning the attack, Ukraine’s Representative Volodymyr Yelchenko at UNSC said, “Russian President on record declared war… It’s the responsibility of this body to stop this war. I call on everyone to stop the war.”

“Should I play the video of your president calling the war,” he asked directly to Nebenzya at the emergency meeting.

(With inputs from agencies)

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