Zelensky calls on UN to take action after Russia batters Ukraine power grid (2023)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressedan urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday afterRussian strikestargeted energy infrastructure in Kyiv and other regions of western Ukraine, leaving millions without electricity and causing power cuts in neighbouring Moldova.Earlier in the day,the European Parliament declared Russiaa "state sponsor of terrorism", accusing its forces of carrying out atrocities. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.All times are Paris time (GMT+1).


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11:30pm:Zelensky appeals to UN Security Council over Russian strikes on infrastructure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to take action to stop Russian air strikes targeting vital infrastructure that have once again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in.

Russia unleashed a missile barrage acrossUkraineearlier in the day, forcing shutdowns of nuclear power plants and killing civilians in Kyiv.

"Today is just one day but we have received 70 missiles. That's the Russian formula of terror," Zelensky said via video link to the council chamber in New York, adding that hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure and residential areas had all been hit.

Ukraineis waiting to see "a very firm reaction" to Wednesday's air strikes from the world, he added.

The council is unlikely to take any action in response to the appeal since Russia is a member with veto power.

Zelensky called for Russia to be denied a vote on any decision concerning its actions.

"We cannot be hostage to one international terrorist," he said. "Russia is doing everything to make an energy generator a more powerful tool than the UNCharter."

USAmbassador to the UNLinda Thomas-Greenfield said Putin was "clearly weaponising winter to inflict immense suffering on the Ukrainian people."

The Russian president "will try to freeze the country into submission," she added.

9:55pm: Poland asks Germany to send Patriot missile launchers to Ukraine

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has asked Germany to send Patriot missile launchers it offered to Poland instead toUkraine.

"After further Russian missile attacks, I asked Germany to have the Patriot batteries offered to Poland transferred toUkraineand deployed at its western border," Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.

"This will protectUkrainefrom further deaths and blackouts and will increase security at our eastern border,"Blaszczak added.

8:45pm: Millions of Ukrainians left without power after Russian strikes

Russia's latest barrage of missile strikes hasforced shutdowns at Ukrainian nuclear power plants, pursuing a campaign to pitch Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in.

All of the Kyiv capital region, where over three million people live, has lost electricity and running water, Kyiv's governor said. In many other regions, emergency blackouts were necessary to help conserve energy and carry out repairs.

FRANCE 24's Luke Shrago reports from the southern city of Odesa.

Zelensky calls on UN to take action after Russia batters Ukraine power grid (1)

7:10pm: Ukraine's Zelensky seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting

Ukraine'sPresident Volodymyr Zelensky will address an urgent UN Security Council meeting later todayon the Russian attacks thatcaused blackouts in Ukraine and in neighbouring Moldova, diplomats say.

Zelensky will address the emergency debate –due to start at 4pm in New York (21:00 GMT) – via video-link.

The Ukrainian leader said in a tweet that he had instructed his country's ambassador to the world body, Sergiy Kyslytsya, to ask for the meeting.

I have instructed our Ambassador to the UN to request an urgent meeting of UNSC following today’s Russian strikes. Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes.

— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) November 23, 2022

"Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes," Zelensky said.

5:20pm: US approves additional$400 million in military aid to Ukraine

The United States has authorised an additional $400 millionin military aid toUkraine that will include weapons, munitions and air defense equipment, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.

"The artillery ammunition, precision fires, air defense missiles, and tactical vehicles that we are providing will best serveUkraineon the battlefield," Blinken said in a statement.

The White House said the new package of aid will be provided through presidential drawdown authority, which allows the Pentagon to take weapons from its own stock and quickly ship them to Ukraine.

The Biden administration has provided $19.7 billion in military assistance toUkraine since the start of Russia's invasion on February 24 and tens ofbillions more in aid.

4:40pm:Kherson residents take stock of Russian occupation

Two weeks after Russia’s occupying forces pulled out of Ukraine’s Kherson, the local population is still coming to terms with eight and a half months of often brutal occupation – and assessing the damage Russian forces left in their wake. Our team on the ground sent this report.

Zelensky calls on UN to take action after Russia batters Ukraine power grid (2)

3:55pm: Ukraine says power units switched off at three nuclear plants

Power units at three Ukrainian nuclear power plants have been switched off after the latestRussian missile strikes,says thecountry's state-run nuclear energy firm Energoatom.

Energoatom said in a statement that, "due to a decrease in frequency in the energy system ofUkraine", emergency protection was activated at the Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plants.

"Currently, they (power units) work in project mode, without generation into the domestic energy system," Energoatom said.

2:48pm: Half of Moldova without power after Russian strikes on Ukraine

The Russian missile strikes onUkraine's energy infrastructure have causedblackouts across half of neighbouringMoldova, says the country's deputy prime minister.

"Massive blackout in Moldova after today's Russian attack onUkraine's energy infrastructure," Andrei Spinu, who also serves as infrastructure minister, said on Twitter.

"Moldelectrica, TSO (transmission system operator), is working to reconnect more than 50% of the country to electricity."

Power outages were also reported in the unrecognised, Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria, the local interior ministry said in a statement.

Massive blackout in 🇲🇩 after today's Russian attack on 🇺🇦 energy infrastructure. Moldelectrica, 🇲🇩 TSO, is working to reconnect more than 50% of the country to electricity.

— Andrei Spînu 🇲🇩🇪🇺 (@AndreiSpinu) November 23, 2022

2:11pm:Russia launches new missile strikes in western Ukraine

Russia has launched new missile strikes on western Ukraine, hitting at least one critical infrastructure target in Kyiv as explosions echoed across the capital.Three people were killed and six injured in Kyiv, according to city officials.

The western city of Lviv was left completely without power, according to its mayor."The whole city is without power. We are waiting for additional information from energy experts," said Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyion social media, warning that there may also be interruptions to the city's water supply.

1:36pm:Russia strikes 'critical infrastructure' in Kyiv, says mayor

Air sirens were heard across Kyiv as Russian strikes hit the Ukraine capital,damaging energy infrastructure, in the latest in a series of systematic attacks that has caused nationwide blackouts as winter sets in.

"The enemy is launching missile strikes on critical infrastructure in Kyiv city. Stay in shelters until the air alert ends," Kyiv city administration said on social media, with mayor Vitali Klitschko saying infrastructure had been hit.

1:19pm:EU parliament declares Russia 'state sponsor of terrorism'

The European Parliament hasrecognised Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism", accusing its forces of carrying out atrocities during its war on Ukraine.

The move by the European legislators is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences, but MEPs urged the governments of the 27-nation EU to follow their lead.

"The deliberate attacks and atrocities carried out by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terror," a resolution approved by EUlawmakers said.

12:23am:Ukraine says seized 'pro-Russian literature' from monasteries

Ukraine's security service said it seized "pro-Russian literature" andcash and interrogated dozens during raids of several Orthodox monasteries that spurred a backlash from the Kremlin.

The Ukrainian security service on Tuesday conducted raids at several locations including the 11th century Pechersk Lavra monastery in the capital Kyiv, a UNESCO Heritage site, over suspected links to Russian agents.

After searches in more than 350 church-linked facilities, the SBU said Wednesday it had turned up "pro-Russian literature, which was being used in seminary and parish schools, including for 'Russian world' propaganda".

10:46am:Moldova accuses Russia of energy blackmail, 'ready for any scenario'

Moldova said on Wednesday Russia had sent no signals that it would stop supplying it with gas next month but that it was ready for any scenario because Moscow was using energy resources as "a tool of blackmail".

State-run Russian gas company Gazprom accused Ukraine on Tuesday of keeping gas supplies destined for Moldova, and that it could from November28 start reducing gas supplies to Moldova that pass through Ukraine.

Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia, has denied withholding Russian gas meant for Moldova. Chisinau, which is dependent on Russia for its gas, said on Wednesday it would pay for any gas deliveries.

10:37am:UK to send helicopters to Ukraine for 'first' time

Britain is to send helicopters to Ukraine for the first time since Russia's invasion, said the British defence ministry.

Ten crews of Ukrainian service personnel and engineers underwent a six-week training programme in the UK, as part of the "first helicopter capability the UK has donated to Ukraine", the ministry said.

In addition to the three former British military Sea King helicopters, the first of which has already arrived, the UK will also supply an additional 10,000 artillery rounds.

10:10am:Pope says Ukrainians suffering 'martyrdom of aggression'; recalls 1930s famine

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that Ukrainians today were suffering from the "martyrdom of aggression" and compared the war to the "terrible genocide" of the 1930s, when Soviet leader Josef Stalin inflicted famine on the people there.

He was speaking at the end of his general audience before thousands of people in St. Peter's Square.

10:05am:IAEA, Rosatom heads meet in Istanbul to discuss Zaporizhzhia nuclear station

The heads of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Russia's state-run nuclear energy agency Rosatom met in Istanbul to discuss the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power in southern Ukraine, Rosatom and the IAEA said in statements.

The two sides agreed to continue cooperation and dialogue over the facility, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Rosatom as saying. Renewed shelling last weekend - which Moscow and Kyiv blamed on each other - raised fresh fears of a possible nuclear disaster at the site.

9:14am:Britain says Russia has nearly exhausted current stock of Iran-made weapons

Russia has likely launched a number of Iranian-manufactured un-crewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukraine since September, Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

It's also likely that Russia has nearly exhausted its current stock ofIran-made weapons and will seek resupply, the ministry said in its daily intelligence update posted on Twitter.

Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 23 November 2022

Find out more about the UK government's response: https://t.co/Eog9qjtRCF

🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/0uv6zeo9jU

— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) November 23, 2022

The Russian attacks have been a combination of UAVs and traditional reusable armed systems, it added.

9:02am:Zelensky accuses Russia of 'terror and murder' after maternity strike

President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of bringing "terror and murder" to Ukraine after a strike on a maternity ward killed a newborn baby in the southern Zaporizhzhia region.

"The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve with terror and murder what it wasn't able to achieve for nine months and won't be able to achieve," Zelensky said on social media.

"Instead, it will only be held to account for all the evil it has brought to our country," he added.

8:37am:Newborn killed in Russian strike on maternity ward inZaporizhzhia region

A newborn baby was killed following a Russian strike that hit a maternity ward in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region, which Moscow claims to have annexed, according to Ukrainian emergency services.

Overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, "in the city of Vilniansk in Zaporizhzhia region, as a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed," rescuers said on social media.

The emergency services distributed a video of rescuers working to free a man trapped waist-deep in the rubble of what appears to be the destroyed maternity ward.

8:10am: Russian foreign ministry slams Kyiv's 'godless' raid on Orthodox monastery

The Russian foreign ministry criticised Ukraine as "godless", "wild" and "immoral" on Wednesday for raiding an old Orthodox Christian Monastery in Kyiv.

Ukraine's SBU security service and police raided the 1,000-year-old Kyiv Pechersk Lavra complex - or Kyiv Monastery of the Caves - early on Tuesday as part of operations to counter suspected "subversive activities by Russian special services," the SBU said.

The site is a Ukrainian cultural treasure and the headquarters of the Russian-backed wing of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that falls under the Moscow Patriarchate.

Russia's Orthodox Church said on Tuesday the search was an "act of intimidation".

4:20am: 'Dangerous rhetoric' stoking nuclear tensions: UN chief

UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned against "dangerous rhetoric" stoking tensions among nuclear-armed rivals.

"Growing divisions are threatening global peace and security, provoking new confrontations and making it all the more difficult to resolve old conflicts," Guterres told a meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations in Morocco.

"Dangerous rhetoric is raising nuclear tensions," he warned as Russia's war in Ukraine neared its tenth month with no end in sight, fanning nuclear fears.

1:16am:'Invincibility centres' to help provide heat and water, says Zelensky

Ukrainians needing basic services if Russia knocks out power stations and other facilities this winter can turn to special "invincibility centres," said President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Thousands of centres spread across the country will offer electricity, heat, water, internet service, mobile phone connections and a pharmacy, free of charge and around the clock.

"If massive Russian strikes happen again and it's clear power will not be restored for hours, the 'invincibility centres' will go into action with all key services," Zelensky said in a nightly video address.

Russian attacks have knocked out power for long periods to up to 10 million consumers at a time. Ukraine's national power grid operator said on Tuesday the damage was colossal.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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What is the UN response to Russian invasion of Ukraine? ›

On March 2, during an emergency special session, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution demanding that "the Russian Federation immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its armed forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders."

What is the UN doing in Ukraine? ›

On 1 March 2022, the UN and humanitarian partners launched coordinated Flash Appeals for a combined $1.7 billion to urgently deliver humanitarian support to people in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries.

Are Ukraine in the UN? ›

Ukraine actively participates in the activity of the principal organs of the United Nations: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Human Rights Council, etc.

Is Ukraine dependent on Russia? ›

Overall, between one third and one half of Ukraine's trade was with the Russian Federation. Dependence was particularly strong in energy. Up to 75% of annually consumed gas and close to 80% of oil came from Russia. On the export side, dependence on Russia was also significant.

Why hasn t the UN intervene in Ukraine? ›

The veto power of the permanent members of the Security Council makes any intervention by the UN in the Ukrainian crisis impossible. The permanent members of the Security Council are the United States, France, United Kingdom, China, and Russia.

Which countries abstained from UN vote on Ukraine? ›

The 32 countries that abstained from the vote were:
  • Algeria.
  • Angola.
  • Armenia.
  • Bangladesh.
  • Bolivia.
  • Burundi.
  • Central African Republic.
  • China.
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How many countries voted against Russia in the UN? ›

The resolution received a two-thirds majority of those voting, minus abstentions, in the 193-member Assembly, with 93 nations voting in favour and 24 against.

What is the UN resolution to end Ukraine war? ›

The tenth paragraph of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 2 March 2022 confirmed the involvement of Belarus in unlawful use of force against Ukraine. The resolution was sponsored by 96 countries, and passed with 141 voting in favour, 5 against, and 35 abstentions.

Does the UN have an army? ›

The UN has no military forces of its own, and Member States provide, on a voluntary basis, the military and police personnel required for each peacekeeping operation. Peacekeeping soldiers are paid by their own Governments according to their own national rank and salary scale.

Is China a member of the UN? ›


Five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (with end of term year): Albania (2023) Brazil (2023) Ecuador (2024)

When did Ukraine leave the UN? ›

Ukraine in the Soviet Union (1945–1991)
United Nations membership
MembershipFormer full member
Dates24 October 1945 – 26 August 1991
UNSC seatNon-permanent
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How are the UN and NATO different? ›

NATO and the U.N. are two organizations trying to work together despite the fact that they have very different philosophies: NATO is an organization designed to fight war, if necessary, in order to defend peace; whereas the U.N. is an organization designed to avoid war in order to maintain peace.

Can Europe survive without Russian gas? ›

"In 2023, Europe will likely, for the first time, need to survive a full calendar year with only minimal volumes of Russian pipeline gas," S&P Global analysts Michael Stoppard and Alun Davies said in a recent report.

Does Ukraine still buy gas from Russia? ›

In June 2014, Ukraine increased imports of natural gas from Poland and Hungary. Ukraine has not bought gas directly from Russia since 2015, sourcing it instead from traders of the gas which is transported through Ukraine to be sold elsewhere in Europe.

Where does Ukraine get 47 of its electricity? ›

Ukraine is heavily dependent on nuclear energy – it has 15 reactors generating about half of its electricity.

Can Russia be expelled from UN? ›

To accomplish this, first, a resolution proposing Russia's expulsion/suspension needs to go to the General Assembly from the Security Council, per Art. 12, #1. Second, the General Assembly must vote by a two-thirds +1 supermajority in favor of expulsion.

Why hasn t Russia been kicked out of the UN? ›

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absolutely illegally, being the only participating country that has neither signed the organization's 1945 founding Charter nor ever been voted a member by the General Assembly. Instead, its place in the U.N. is the result of a tacit consent that has lasted more than three decades.

Can Russia be removed as a member of the UN? ›

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Who is Russia's closest ally? ›

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A neighbor of both Russia and Ukraine, Belarus's Russia-dependent strongman Alexander Lukashenko has given Russia unrestricted access to its air space and land to attack Ukraine. Belarus has also provided logistical and medical support to Russian forces.

Which country left UN recently? ›

By letter of 20 January 1965, Indonesia announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations "at this stage and under the present circumstances".

Which country has vetoed the most in the UN? ›

The United Kingdom has used its Security Council veto power on 32 occasions. The first occurrence was in October 1956 when the United Kingdom and France vetoed a letter from the US to the President of the Security Council concerning Palestine.

What countries have condemned the Russian invasion? ›

Reactions among governments have generally been negative, particularly in Europe, the Americas, and Southeast Asia, with criticism and condemnation made by many leading nations such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.

When was Russia kicked out of the UN? ›

After walking out of the United Nations in January 1950 known as the Chinese Boycott, the Soviet Union returned to various United Nations bodies in August 1950. The return brought with it a beginning of a new policy of active participation on international and regional organizations.

Which 4 countries voted for Russia? ›

Syria, North Korea, Belarus and Nicaragua joined Russia as the five opposing votes.

What was the result of the UN vote on Ukraine? ›

Furthermore, it demands that Russia "immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw" from Ukraine as it is violating its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The resolution was passed with an overwhelming vote of 143 in favour, 5 against and 35 abstaining.

Why India abstained from voting against Russia? ›

Behind India's UN vote lies a combination of immediate economic and security concerns, and long-held assumptions about its geopolitical role and importance.

Is North Korea apart of the UN? ›

North Korea and the UN (1991–present)

North Korea has never held a seat on the UN Security Council. It has a Permanent Mission to the UN in New York City, and additionally maintains a mission to the UN in Paris and an Ambassador to the UN at the UN Office at Geneva.

What percentage of the UN is funded by the US? ›

As the world's most prosperous nation, the U.S. is the largest contributor to the UN. The U.S. pays 22% of the regular budget and is assessed at 27% of the peacekeeping budget. In 1993, however, U.S. Congress placed a 25% cap on American contributions to peacekeeping.

How much do UN peacekeepers get paid? ›

Peacekeepers are paid by their own governments, which are reimbursed by the United Nations at a standard rate determined by the General Assembly (about $1,428 per soldier per month). The peacekeeping financial year runs from July 1 to June 30; the Assembly usually adopts resolutions to finance missions in late June.

Does the UN have any power? ›

One of the most important aspects of the U.N.'s international power is its responsibility to maintain peace and security among nations, a power held by the Security Council.

How Much Does China owe to us? ›

China's outstanding foreign debt, including US dollar debt, reached US$2.29 trillion at the end of September in 2020, up from US$2.13 trillion at the end of June, according to China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Which country is not a member of United Nations? ›

Two countries are not members of the U.N : Palestine and the Holy See (Vatican City).

Can a permanent member of the UN Security Council be removed? ›

Article 6 of the Charter reads as follows: "A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council." This has never happened.

Can Ukraine join NATO during war? ›

NATO allies cannot credibly invite Ukraine to join until the war ends. Why not? Accession would entail one of four problematic scenarios: First, Ukraine could fight until it liberates its entire territory in order to enter NATO whole.

Is the US in the United Nations? ›

The United States is one of the United Nations' most important stakeholders. The UN was created at the initiative of the US after World War II.

How much has the UN raised for Ukraine? ›

Ukraine: UN appeals for $5.6 billion to help millions affected by relentless conflict.

Why did France leave NATO? ›

In 1966, due to souring relations between Washington and Paris because of the refusal to integrate France's nuclear deterrent with other North Atlantic powers, or to accept any collective form of control over its armed forces, French president Charles de Gaulle downgraded France's membership in NATO and withdrew France ...

Do all NATO members have to agree to join NATO? ›

All NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. A decision reached by consensus is an agreement reached by common consent.

Which is bigger NATO or UN? ›

UN: There are 192 member states in the UN. NATO: The NATO has its membership allotted to 28 states.

Who buys the most gas from Russia? ›

As one might expect, China has been the top buyer of Russian fossil fuels since the start of the invasion. Russia's neighbor and informal ally has primarily imported crude oil, which has made up more than 80% of its imports totaling more than $55 billion since the start of the invasion.

Which countries don t rely on Russian gas? ›

Low dependence could be seen in the Netherlands, Romania and almost no dependence on Russian gas exists in Georgia, Ireland and Ukraine.

How did Europe survive winter without Russian gas? ›

Faced with the cutoff of Russian gas and oil, Europe ramped up solar and wind power, got serious about energy conservation, and tweaked policies to speed its green transition. Despite fears of increased emissions this winter, the EU remained on track to meet its climate goals.

Who is buying Russian oil right now? ›

Behind China and India, Turkey and Bulgaria are the biggest buyers of Russian crude.

Does Ukraine have oil fields? ›

Three Ukrainian regions contain hydrocarbons resources: the Dnipro-Donetsk basin, the Carpathian region in western Ukraine, and the Black Sea and Crimea region in the south. The Dnipro-Donetsk basin is a major oil and gas producing region accounting for 90 percent of all current Ukrainian production.

Who owns the Ukraine gas pipeline? ›

The system is linked with natural gas transmission systems of Russia and Belarus on one hand, and with systems of Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia on the other hand. The system is owned by Government of Ukraine and operated by Ukrtransgaz.

What would happen if Ukraine nuclear power plant exploded? ›

About a million people are at risk of radiation poisoning, while tens of thousands may die in the first hours from radiation sickness, according to local reports. So hopefully Russia doesn't blow up the nuclear plant. Have your say in our news democracy.

Which country has supplied the most weapons to Ukraine? ›

United States

What is the most important resource in Ukraine? ›

One of the country's most valuable resources is black metallurgical ore, known as silica iron ore. It is the main component in the production of steel, which is of great importance to the global economy. Ukraine is one of the largest producers of this ore in the world.

What is NATO doing to help Ukraine? ›

NATO allies have provided training for tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers, and since March 2022, they have also delivered more than 150 billion euros in support, including 65 billion euros in military aid.

What does the UN resolution against Russia mean? ›

On 12 October, 143 countries supported a resolution condemning the recent referendums in Ukraine and demanding Russia reverse its annexation declaration. The Assembly also condemned Russia's invasion as illegal in a resolution on 2 March 2022.

What is the humanitarian response to Ukraine? ›

Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan (February 2023)

The humanitarian response will require US$3.9 billion to enable 652 humanitarian organizations to carry out prioritised humanitarian action in 2023, with a target to reach 11.1 million people total.

Who is Ukraine's biggest ally? ›

For a reason, Poland, the USA, and the UK top this rating - Ukrainians often perceive them as a union. Of those who, in addition to Poland, also named Lithuania and Latvia as their top five allies, more than 90% also mentioned Estonia.

Which country is the leader of NATO? ›


The current secretary general is former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took office on 1 October 2014.

How much money has NATO given to Ukraine? ›

How much aid have NATO members sent to Ukraine? According to the latest data from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a German think tank, NATO members committed at least 75.2 billion euros ($80.5bn) in financial, humanitarian and military aid between January 24 and November 20, 2022.

Did China vote against Russia in UN? ›

China and India, which have consistently abstained from UN resolutions focused on the Ukraine war that openly condemned Russia, voted in favour of the whole text, as did Kazakhstan, Armenia and Brazil. Only five countries opposed the resolution: Russia, Belarus, Syria, Nicaragua and North Korea.

Why can Russia veto the UN? ›

The status of Soviet Union successor gave Russia a permanent member's seat in the UN security council. Russia thus received the right to vote on UN security council resolutions, which are binding on all member states, and to veto resolutions that do not meet its interests.

Did the UN vote to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine? ›

The resolution was passed with an overwhelming vote of 143 in favour, 5 against and 35 abstaining. This resolution achieved more votes in favour of condemning Russia's actions than Resolution ES-11/1, the initial resolution on the Russian invasion of Ukraine which demanded that Russia withdraw its forces from Ukraine.

How bad is the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine? ›

As of June 2023, at least 8,983 civilians have died and 15,442 have been injured. These are only confirmed casualties; the actual figures are likely to be considerably higher. They have been concentrated in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, collectively known as the Donbas, where fighting has been fiercest.

Is the International Red Cross helping Ukraine? ›

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Thanks to our compassionate donors, as of February 24, 2023, the American Red Cross has raised $148.1 million to support relief for people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

How many people need help in Ukraine? ›

Over 17 million people in Ukraine require urgent humanitarian support, including more than 5 million people internally displaced by the war. As of June 2023, 6.3 million refugees from Ukraine were recorded globally.


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