Russia-Ukraine war latest updates: U.N. Human Rights Council opens; China responds to Zelensky appeal
World leaders and top-ranking officials convened Monday in Geneva for a new session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, set to run thought April 4. The role of the United Nations in holding Moscow accountable for war crimes is set to be a key topic of debate. A delegation from Moscow, which was expelled from the main U.N. human rights body in April over violations in Ukraine, is participating as an observer, Reuters reported, in the first in-person appearance by a Russian official since the war started.
China defended its position on the Ukraine war as “consistent” after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Beijing not to supply Russia with weapons and suggested a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. When asked about Zelensky’s appeal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said China “has maintained communication with all involved parties including Ukraine.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
4. Analysis from our correspondents
Now, in the second year of the war, there’s an intensifying focus on how it will end. As the conflict continues, it is playing out as a test of wills.
Natalia Abbakumova contributed to this report.
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