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UN News Centre – Ukraine

News Focus – Ukraine

‘High time for peace’, UN chief says, as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine enters third year (UN News, 23 February 2024):

General Assembly President calls for solidarity with Ukraine as ‘needless war’ reaches two-year mark (UN News, 23 February 2024):

Millions assisted, millions more still in need two years into Ukraine war, says IOM
(22 February 2024): https://www.iom.int/news/millions-assisted-millions-more-still-need-two-years-ukraine-war-says-iom

Ukraine two years: Children in frontline areas forced to spend up to 5,000 hours – equivalent to nearly 7 months – sheltering underground (22 February 2024):

UN Women – In Focus: Women and girls after two years of war in Ukraine
(22 February 2024): https://www.unwomen.org/en/news-stories/in-focus/2024/02/women-and-girls-after-two-years-of-war-in-ukraine

With no let-up for war-affected Ukrainians, UN launches humanitarian and refugee plans to respond in 2024 (15 January 2024):

‘Grim milestone’ as Ukraine war reaches 500-day mark (UN News, 7 July 2023):

We stand by you’ declares UN relief chief, outlining emergency plan for Ukraine dam disaster (UN News, 9 June 2023):

Ukraine dam disaster: Lack of clean water, spread of disease, major risks (UN News, 7 June 2023):

UN relief chief warns of far-reaching impact of dam destruction (6 June 2023):

The UN and Ukraine: year-long war spreads global fallout (UN News, 3 March 2023):

“Even at This Late Hour”: One Year On, a Look Back at the Security Council and General Assembly’s Response to the Invasion of Ukraine (DPPA Politically Speaking, 23 February 2023): https://bit.ly/41QYhkE

OCHA – 7 reasons why the world must keep supporting Ukraine (20 February 2023):

UNDP Feature: “I want everyone to know who we are fighting” – One year of war in Ukraine:

Ukraine: UN appeals for $5.6 billion to help millions affected by relentless conflict
(UN News, 15 February 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/02/1133517

Ukraine: UN and partners provide life-saving aid to some 13.5 million
(UN News, 10 November 2022): https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130452

One year of the Black Sea Initiative: Key facts and figures (UN News, 10 July 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/07/1138532



Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre

An “unprecedented agreement” on the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea amid the ongoing war is “a beacon of hope” in a world that desperately needs it, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the signing ceremony on 27 July in Istanbul, Türkiye.
The UN plan, which also paves the way for Russian food and fertilizer to reach global markets, will help to stabilize spiralling food prices worldwide and stave off famine, affecting millions.
The initiative specifically allows for significant volumes of commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea – Odesa, Chornomorsk, Yuzhny.
The Secretary-General also announced the establishment of a Joint Coordination Centre to monitor implementation. It will be hosted in Istanbul and will include representatives from Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative: What it is, and why it’s important for the world
(UN News, 16 September 2022): https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/09/1126811

UN Video – What is the Black See Initiative?

Ukraine: UN-led Grain Initiative helps anchor food supply, chart way out of crisis
(UN News, 20 October 2022): https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/10/1129757

Note to Correspondents: Update on the Black Sea Grain Initiative (18 January 2023):

Note to Correspondents – on today’s talks in Geneva on the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Federation (13 March 2023): https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/note-correspondents/2023-03-13/note-correspondents-todays-talks-geneva-the-black-sea-grain-initiative-and-the-memorandum-of-understanding-the-russian-federation-0

UN stresses ‘full commitment’ to Ukraine grain deal as Russia offers 60-day extension (UN News, 13 March 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/03/1134542

Note to Correspondents – on Black Sea Grain Initiative (14 March 2023): https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/note-correspondents/2023-03-14/note-correspondents-black-sea-grain-initiative

Note to Correspondents – on the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative (18 March 2023): https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/note-correspondents/2023-03-18/note-correspondents-the-extension-of-the-black-sea-grain-initiative

Note to Correspondents – on the Black Sea Grain Initiative (11 April 2023): https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/note-correspondents/2023-04-11/note-correspondents-the-black-sea-grain-initiative

Russia confirms participation in grain deal for at least 60 more days
(UN News, 17 May 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/05/1136757

Note to correspondents on the agreements to facilitate exports of agricultural products from the Russian Federation and Ukraine (30 June 2023):

One year of the Black Sea Initiative: Key facts and figures (UN News, 10 July 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/07/1138532

UN chief regrets Russia’s decision to withdraw from grain deal (UN News, 17 July 2023): https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/07/1138752



Note to Correspondents: Secretary-General appoints members of Fact-finding Mission regarding Incident at Olenivka on 29 July 2022 (22 August 2022):

Ukraine: Four months after Russian invasion, humanitarian needs intensify (30 June 2022):

Ukraine: Cycle of death, destruction, dislocation, and disruption ‘must stop’ (28 June 2022):

OCHA – 100 days of the war in Ukraine (6 June 2022):

WFP – War in Ukraine: Three months, three mothers, three generations dreaming of peace (6 June 2022):

Statement by Amin Awad, Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine marking 100 days since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February (3 June 2022):

Ukraine: After 100 days of war, Guterres calls for end to violence, as UN works to free up vital food and fertilizer exports
(3 June 2022): https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/06/1119672

UNDP – 100 days of war in Ukraine (2 June 2022):

UNHCR – After 100 days of anguish, UNHCR is focused on protection and shelter for Ukrainians (3 June 2022):

IOM – Scorched Dreams: 100 Days of War in Ukraine (3 June 2022):

WHO – One hundred days of war has put Ukraine’s health system under severe pressure (3 June 2022):

WFP – War in Ukraine: How WFP has met surging food needs for over three months (3 June 2022):

UNICEF – One hundred days of war in Ukraine have left 5.2 million children in need of humanitarian assistance: At least 262 children have been killed and 415 injured in attacks since 24 February (31 May 2022): https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/one-hundred-days-war-ukraine-have-left-52-million-children-need-humanitarian



Ukraine: General Assembly resumes emergency special session, taking up new text to end war (22 February 2023)

General Assembly adopts resolution on Russian reparations for Ukraine (14 November 2022)

Ukraine: UN General Assembly demands Russia reverse course on ‘attempted illegal annexation’ (12 October 2022)

Ukraine: Support for war crimes investigations ‘of paramount importance’ (16 May 2022)

Ukraine: ‘Cycle of death, destruction’ must stop, UN chief tells Security Council (5 May 2022)

‘The world sees you’ UN chief tells Ukrainians, pledging to boost support (28 April 2022)

 Guterres in Ukraine: War is ‘evil’ and unacceptable, calls for justice (28 April 2022)

Russia agrees ‘in principle’ to UN and Red Cross involvement in evacuations from Mariupol (26 April 2022)

What can the UN do? 5 of your questions answered (5 April 2022)

Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in conflict:
5 things you should know (5 June 2022)




UN General Assembly votes to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council (7 April 2022):

Guterres unveils first recommendations of UN crisis group, set up in wake of Ukraine invasion (5 April 2022):

Ukraine: General Assembly passes resolution demanding aid access, by large majority (24 March 2022):

Human Rights Council to establish Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine (4 March 2022):

‘Senseless war’ forces one million to flee Ukraine: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (3 March 2022):

General Assembly resolution demands end to Russian offensive in Ukraine (3 March 2022):

Ukraine: $1.7 billion appeal launched to help refugee exodus, host countries (1 March 2022):

General Assembly holds emergency special session on Ukraine crisis (28 February 2022):

Security Council vote sets up emergency UN General Assembly session on Ukraine crisis (27 February 2022):

UN to launch appeal to fund humanitarian operations in Ukraine (26 February 2022):

Russia blocks Security Council action on Ukraine (25 February 2022):

Secretary-General appoints Amin Awad of Sudan United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine (SG/A/2102, 25 February 2022): https://www.un.org/press/en/2022/sga2102.doc.htm

As Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis, Russia announces start of ‘special military operation’ (23 February 2022):


UN Entities

Security Council

  • Meetings in 2024: 7 June, 14 May, 12 April, 15, 8 March, 23 February, 25, 10 January – Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine;
    20 May, 15, 11 April, 22 March, 12, 6 February, 25, 22 January – Threats to international peace and security
    Meeting records, press releases and resolutions:
    Related press releases:

    • With deadly offensive in Kharkiv, last month civilian casualties in Ukraine hit highest level since June 2023, Deputy Relief Chief tells Security Council (SC/15719, 7 June 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15719.doc.htm
    • Ukraine now among world’s most heavily mine-contaminated states, Disarmament Chief tells Security Council, calling for immediate end to use of indiscriminate weapons (SC/15699, 20 May 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15699.doc.htm
    • Escalating attacks on Ukraine’s civilian, energy infrastructure making humanitarian aid delivery even more dangerous, Relief Chief tells Security Council (SC/15695, 14 May 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15695.doc.htm
    • Prospect of nuclear accident ‘dangerously close’ at Zaporizhzhia Power Plant in Ukraine, International Atomic Energy Agency Chief warns Security Council (SC/15662, 15 April 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15662.doc.htm
    • Defending military aid to Ukraine, Western Countries in Security Council reject Russian Federation’s claim such support is turning Kyiv into terrorist state (SC/15659, 12 April 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15659.doc.htm
    • ‘No region of Ukraine spared’ by Moscow’s war on Ukraine, Senior Official tells Security Council, reporting of widespread destruction, civilian deaths (SC/15657, 11 April 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15657.doc.htm
    • ‘Scale, scope of devastation in Ukraine appalling’, High Representative tells Security Council, calling invasion in full violation of charter ((SC/15638, 22 March 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15638.doc.htm
    • Moscow’s plan for Presidential Elections in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine unacceptable, Under-Secretary-General tells Security Council (SC/15629, 15 March 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15629.doc.htm
    • Spike in deadly Russian attacks on Odesa, other Ukrainian cities causing immeasurable suffering, destruction, Top Political, Humanitarian Officials tell Security Council (SC/15617, 8 March 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15617.doc.htm
    • Two years after Russian Federation’s invasion, UN remains committed to ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, Assistant Secretary-General tells Security Council (SC/15588, 12 February 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15588.doc.htm
    • Briefing Security Council on Ukraine, Under-Secretary-General notes significant increase in civilian casualties, dire humanitarian situation (SC/15580, 6 February 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15580.doc.htm
    • United Nations not in position to verify reports as Moscow, Kyiv separately investigate 24 January Russian military plane crash, Political Chief tells Security Council (SC/15572, 25 January 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15572.doc.htm
    • Weapon transfers must comport with international law, Senior UN Official tells Security Council, urging cooperation to reduce illicit arms flows; Speakers spotlight West’s support of Kyiv, Pyongyang’s transfers to Moscow (SC/15568, 22 January 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15568.doc.htm
    • Russian Federation’s war having ‘appalling impact’ on Ukraine’s children, Under-Secretary-General tells Security Council (SC/15559, 10 January 2024): https://press.un.org/en/2024/sc15559.doc.htm
  • Meetings in 2023: 29, 6 December, 21 November, 31, 20, 9 October, 20, 8 September, 24 August, 26, 21, 17 July, 23, 6 June, 15 May, 17 March, 24, 6 February, 13 January – Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine;
    30, 11 December, 17, 8 November, 13 October, 12 September, 17 August, 31, 26 July, 29 June, 30, 18 May, 14 March, 21, 17, 8 February, 17 January – Threats to international peace and security
    Meeting records, press releases and resolutions:
    Releated press releases:

    • As Russian Federation’s war on Ukraine continues, Senior United Nations Official, Briefing Security Council, reiterates appeal to stop attacking civilians (SC/15551, 30 December 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15551.doc.htm
    • Russian Federation launches one of biggest air attacks on Ukraine since full-scale invasion began, killing over 30 civilians, Top UN Official tells Security Council (SC/15550, 29 December 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15550.doc.htm
    • Security Council Speakers debate arms transfers to Ukraine, with several voicing concern at meetings designed to divert attention from cause of aggression (SC/15522, 11 December 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15522.doc.htm
    • Escalating Russian Federation attacks on Ukraine’s energy sector worsen dire humanitarian situation ahead of winter, Security Council hears in Briefing (SC/15515, 6 December 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15515.doc.htm
    • Decrying escalating attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, Security Council speakers renew call for Russian Federation to cease war of aggression (SC/15502, 21 November 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15502.doc.htm
    • Freedom of religion must prevail in Ukraine, even as war drags on, Senior UN Human Rights Official tells Security Council (SC/15500, 17 November 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15500.doc.htm
    • Underscoring need for peace, end to suffering, Security Council speakers urge Russian Federation to immediately withdraw troops from Ukraine (SC/15484, 8 November 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15484.doc.htm
    • ‘Unceasing death, destruction, suffering’ of Russian Federation’s war on Ukraine must end, Senior Humanitarian Affairs Official tells Security Council (SC/15476, 31 October 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15476.doc.htm
    • Speakers tell Security Council increased weapons flow to Ukraine exacerbating insecurity, yet several delegates defend Kyiv’s right to self-defence (SC/15439, 13 October 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15439.doc.htm
    • Briefing Security Council on attacks against Ukrainian village, city centre, Senior Official stresses Member States must show commitment to UN Charter (SC/15434, 9 October 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15434.doc.htm
    • Concluding Security Council Open Debate, speakers stress dialogue, diplomacy based on Charter principles needed for peaceful resolution to war in Ukraine (SC/15420, 21 September 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15420.doc.htm
    • UN Charter ‘Is Our Road Map’ to peaceful world, de-escalation of war in Ukraine, Secretary-General tells Security Council in Open Debate; Ukraine’s President says peace formula could restore Charter’s real power, but Russian Federation Minister says West undermines principles (SC/15416, 20 September 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15416.doc.htm
    • Continued military assistance to Ukraine, weapons, ammunition transfers to Russian Federation risk conflict’s escalation, Senior Official warns Security Council (SC/15406, 12 September 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15406.doc.htm
    • So-called elections in occupied areas of Ukraine ‘have no legal grounds’, undermine peace prospects, United Nations Official tells Security Council; Speakers recall General Assembly’s condemnation of 2022 Referendums, urge talks (SC/15405, 8 September 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15405.doc.htm
    • Deportation, treatment of Ukraine’s children by Russian Federations takes centre stage by many delegates at Security Council Briefing; Delegate questions Moscow’s position in international community once conflict ends (SC/15395, 24 August 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15395.doc.htm
    • Security Council speakers argue over Western countries supplying arms that support Ukraine’s right to self-defence against Russian Federation’s aggression (SC/15388, 17 August 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15388.doc.htm
    • Delegates criticize Russian Federation for consuming resources of Security Council: Ukraine did nothing to provoke war, many speakers underscore, condemning atrocities perpetrated by Moscow (SC/15373, 31 July 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15373.doc.htm
    • Attacks on Odesa Port, grain-storage facilities latest victims in Moscow’s ‘senseless’ war against Ukraine, Senior Official tells Security Council ((SC/15367, 26 July 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15367.doc.htm
    • Over 115 Holy Sites damaged in Ukraine since start of Russian Invasion, Top UN Official tells Security Council, urging respect for religious freedom (SC/15366, 26 July 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15366.doc.htm
    • Russian Federation attacks on Ukrainian ports risk far-reaching impacts for food in developing countries, Under-Secretary-General tells Security Council (SC/15362, 21 July 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15362.doc.htm
    • ‘For the sake of Ukraine’s people, global community’ Russian Federation’s unjustified war must stop, Under-Secretary-General tells Security Council (SC/15358, 17 July 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15358.doc.htm
    • Disarmament Chief tells Security Council arms supply accelerated ahead of reported counteroffensive in Ukraine, stresses weapons registers are key (SC/15340, 29 June 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15340.doc.htm
    • As war in Ukraine escalates with surge of missile, drone attacks, prospects for peace remain ‘desperately dim’, Senior Official tells Security Council (SC/15333, 23 June 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15333.doc.htm
    • With Kherson Dam’s destruction, plight of Ukraine’s people will only get worse, Emergency Relief Coordinator warns Security Council (SC/15310, 6 June 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15310.doc.htm
    • Briefing Security Council, International Atomic Energy Agency Director outlines five principles to prevent nuclear accident at Zaporizhzhia Power Plant in Ukraine (SC/15300, 30 May 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15300.doc.htm
    • Preventing diversions of arms to Ukraine crucial for country, region security, stability, Senior Disarmament Official tells Security Council (SC/15286, 18 May 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15286.doc.htm
    • Black Sea Grain Initiative negotiations continue, but attacks on civilians impact humanitarian aid, Senior Official tells Security Council (SC/15281, 15 May 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15281.doc.htm
    • Every additional day of Moscow’s war prolongs human suffering in Ukraine, Intergovernmental Organization Chair tells Security Council: Federal Councillor calls aggression ‘greatest challenge to cooperative security in Europe, Central Asia’ (SC/15274, 4 May 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15274.doc.htm
    • Spotlighting Russian Federation-Ukraine war’s impact on global food, energy stability, delegates in Security Council urge renewing Grain Initiative (SC/15233, 17 March 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15233.doc.htm
    • ‘Russophobia’ term used to justify Moscow’s war crimes in Ukraine, historian tells Security Council (SC/15226, 14 March 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15226.doc.htm
    • Decrying crimes against civilians, calling for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, Speakers tell Security Council peace talks crucial to ending conflict (SC/15211, 24 February 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15211.doc.htm
    • ‘Avoid speculation’ about responsibility for 2022 Nord Stream Pipeline incident, official urges Security Council, stressing United Nations cannot verify claims (SC/15206, 21 February 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15206.doc.htm
    • As Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine approaches one year mark, speakers in Security Council trade accusations for failure of Minsk Peace Accords (SC/15202, 17 February 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15202.doc.htm
    • Military equipment transfer in support of Ukraine must not hinder aspiration for peace, Disarmament Affairs Chief tells Security Council (SC/15196, 8 February 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15196.doc.htm
    • Renewed efforts critical to ending humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine, Emergency Relief Coordinator tells Security Council; Many delegates voice strong support for Grain Initiative, demand Russian Federation’s unconditional withdrawal from Ukrainian territory (SC/15192, 6 February 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15192.doc.htm
    • Concerned by restrictions on religious freedom, speakers warn against using religion to fuel conflict, as Security Council considers situation in Ukraine (SC/15178, 17 January 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15178.doc.htm
    • War leaving invisible scars for Ukrainians, Under-Secretary-General tells Security Council, noting one fourth of population will develop mental-health condition (SC/15174, 13 January 2023): https://press.un.org/en/2023/sc15174.doc.htm
  • Meetings in 2022: 6 December, 23, 16 November, 27, 21 October, 30, 27, 22, 7 September, 24 August, 29 July, 28, 21, 6 June, 12, 6, 5 May, 19, 11 April – Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine;
    5 April, 29, 6, 4 March, 28, 27, 25, 23, 21 February – Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136);
    23 March, 17 February – Letter dated 13 April 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/264);
    9 December, 2 November, 31 October, 8, 6 September, 23, 11 August, 3 May, 18, 17, 11, 7 March, 31 January – Threats to international peace and security
    14 March – Briefing by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
    Meeting records, press releases and resolutions:
    Related press releases:

Security Council documents:

  • S/2023/653 (7 September 2023): Letter dated 6 September 2023 from the Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: https://undocs.org/S/2023/653
    Transmits concept note for the Security Council high-level open debate on “Upholding the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations through effective multilateralism: maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine”, to be held on 20 Sept. 2023.
  • S/2022/821 (2 November 2022): Russian Federation: draft resolution [on establishment of a commission to investigate the Ukraine’s compliance with obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction]: https://undocs.org/S/2022/821
    The draft resolution was not adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes (S/PV.9180).
  • S/2022/720 (30 September 2022): Albania and United States of America: draft resolution [on aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of the Charter of the United Nations]: https://undocs.org/S/2022/720
    The draft resolution was not adopted due to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Security Council (Russian Federation) (S/PV.9143).
  • S/2022/551 (12 July 2022): Letter dated 11 July 2022 from the Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: https://undocs.org/S/2022/551
    Transmits concept note for an Arria-formula meeting on the theme “Destruction of cultural heritage as a consequence of the Russian aggression against Ukraine,” to be held on 15 July 2022.
  • S/PRST/2022/3 (6 May 2022): Statement by the President of the Security Council “Maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine”: https://undocs.org/S/PRST/2022/3
  • S/2022/363 (3 May 2022): Letter dated 28 April 2022 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council: https://undocs.org/S/2022/363
    Transmits concept note for an Arria-formula meeting on “Systematic and mass grave violations of international humanitarian law as well as other war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military personnel and militia and discovered in the course of the ongoing Special Military Operation of the Russian Armed Forces”, to be held on 6 May 2022.
  • S/2022/352 (26 April 2022): Letter dated 26 April 2022 from the Permanent Representative of Albania the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General: https://undocs.org/S/2022/352
    Transmits concept note for an Arria-formula meeting on the topic “Ensuring accountability for atrocities committed in Ukraine”, to be held on 27 Apr. 2022.
  • S/2022/231 (24 March 2022): Belarus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and Syrian Arab Republic: draft resolution [on protection of civilians and unhindered humanitarian access in Ukraine]: https://undocs.org/S/2022/231
    The draft resolution was not adopted having failed to obtain the required number of votes (S/PV.9002).
  • Security Council resolution 2623 (2022): https://undocs.org/S/RES/2623(2022)
    on convening an emergency special session of the General Assembly on Ukraine
  • S/2022/155 (25 February 2022): Draft resolution [on aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in violation of the Charter of the United Nations]: https://undocs.org/S/2022/155
    The draft resolution was not adopted due to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Security Council (Russian Federation) (S/PV.8979).
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General Assembly

Selected documents

  • A/RES/78/221: Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2023: https://undocs.org/A/RES/78/221
  • A/78/340 (1 September 2023): Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine: Report of the Secretary-General: https://undocs.org/A/78/340
  • A/RES/77/229: Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 15 December 2023: https://undocs.org/A/RES/77/229
  • A/77/220 (25 July 2023): Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine: report of the Secretary-General: https://undocs.org/A/77/220
    Submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 76/179; covers the period from 1 July 2021-30 June 2022.
  • A/RES/76/179: Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine: resolution / adopted by the General Assembly on 16 December 2021: https://undocs.org/A/RES/76/179

Human Rights Council

Selected Statements and Speeches by UN Officials

Further Information

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