Western nations are set to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin today that his country will pay “ruinous” costs for invading Ukraine during an unprecedented one-day trio of NATO, G7 and EU summits that will be attended by US President Joe Biden.
Alarmed by the prospect that Russia might escalate the war with its neighbour after a grinding month-long conflict, the 30 nations of NATO will also agree to send Kyiv equipment to defend against biological, chemical and nuclear attacks.
The resolve to punish Moscow with massive sanctions will be underlined by an emergency meeting of the G7 advanced economies, including Japan. Then, with a summit of the 27-nation European Union, countries representing more than half of the world’s gross domestic product will have met in one day.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it had verified 64 instances of attacks on health care in Ukraine between Feb. 24 and March 21 resulting in 15 deaths and 37 injuries.
Close to 7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced in the one month of war, with one in three of them suffering from a chronic health condition, according to the global health agency.
The UN General Assembly was debating on Wednesday a new non-binding resolution which, if adopted by a majority of member states, will “demand” that Russia stop the war in Ukraine “immediately”.
On March 2, 141 countries approved an earlier resolution that demands that Russia immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine.
Five states, including Russia, voted against and 35 abstained. The resolution was non-binding and, other than demonstrating Russia’s isolation on the world stage, did not appear to impact the fighting.
“Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life,” Zelensky said in a video address in English. “Come to your squares, to your streets, make yourselves visible and heard.”