Civilian killings in Ukraine’s Bucha deeply disturbing, need independent probe: India at UNSC
At the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, India condemned the recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha.
India condemned the civilian killings in Ukraine’s Bucha city and supported calls for an independent investigation into the matter.
Images and videos of people lying dead on the streets of Bucha, some with their hands tied behind them, have emerged after the Russian pullout from the outskirts of Kyiv. The grisly images of battered bodies left out in the open or hastily buried drew global condemnation and calls for investigation and tougher actions against Russia.
Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, said, “The security situation has only deteriorated, as well as its humanitarian consequences. Recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha are deeply disturbing. We unequivocally condemn these killings and support the call for an independent investigation.”
India laid emphasis on the humanitarian needs of the Ukrainians. TS Tirumurti said, “We hope the international community will continue to respond positively to the humanitarian needs. We support calls urging for guarantees of safe passage to deliver essential humanitarian and medical supplies.”
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India also declared its commitment to providing more medical supplies to Ukraine in coming days.
“Keeping in view the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine, India has been sending humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and its neighbours, which include medicines and other essential relief material. We stand ready to provide more medical supplies to Ukraine in the coming days,” TS Tirumurti said.
India reiterated its call for immediate cessation of violence in Ukraine and advocated diplomacy in dealing with the ongoing crisis.
Addressing the UN, TS Tirumurti said, “We have emphasized right from the beginning of the conflict the need to pursue the path of diplomacy and dialogue. When innocent human lives are at stake, diplomacy must prevail as the only viable option. In this context we take note of the ongoing efforts, including the meetings held recently between the Parties.”
India firmly declared that it is in our collective interest to work constructively towards seeking an early resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.
TS Tirumurti further highlighted that the humanitarian actions should never be politicised.
“Humanitarian action must always be guided by the principles of humanitarian assistance, i.e., humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. These measures should never be politicized,” TS Tirumurti said on Tuesday.