(Re-evaluation with Security Council vote on Sunday)
by Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The UN Security Council is due to vote on Sunday to call a rare emergency special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which will be convened by diplomats on Monday. said.
Voting by the 15-member council is procedural so none of the five permanent members of the council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States – can exercise their veto. Diplomats said the move needed nine votes in favor and was likely to pass.
Only 10 such emergency special sessions of the General Assembly have been convened since 1950.
The request for a session on Ukraine comes after Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Moscow invasion. China, India and the UAE did not participate, while the remaining 11 members voted in favor.
Diplomats said the General Assembly is expected to vote on a similar resolution after several days of statements from countries in the emergency special session. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding but have political significance.
The United States and allies are seeking as much support as possible in a bid to portray Russia as isolated internationally.
In March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. The motion, which invalidated a referendum on the status of Crimea, received 100 yes votes and 11 against. Two dozen countries did not vote and 58 did not participate.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday, telling him the world body plans to “increase humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine”, a UN spokesman said.
“He informed the President that the United Nations will launch an appeal on Tuesday to fund our humanitarian work in Ukraine,” a UN spokesman said in a statement.
UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Friday that more than $1 billion would be needed for aid operations in Ukraine over the next three months as hundreds of thousands of people marched forward after Russia invaded its neighbour.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)