At the vote on February 25, China, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) abstained while the remaining 11 members voted in favor of the draft resolution proposed by the US. The draft resolution is now expected to await adoption by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.
Russia has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution on Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine. Photo: AP
During the tense developments in Ukraine, many loud explosions were heard in the west and south of the capital Kiev on the morning of February 26 (local time). Earlier, the President of Ukraine said that Russian troops were moving towards Kiev in two directions, urging the people not to lose the capital. Russia’s offensive against Ukraine has entered its third day.
Ukrainian forces claim to have caused Russia to have one of its heaviest days of losses, with more than 1,000 Russian servicemen casualties. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry estimates that so far the Russian side has lost about 2,800 troops, 80 tanks, 516 armored vehicles, 10 aircraft and 7 helicopters.
Ukraine claims to have shot down a Russian plane on the outskirts of Kiev. Photo: EPA
Russian officials also issued similar claims that Moscow has captured more than 160 Ukrainian soldiers, destroyed 74 Ukrainian military facilities, shot down 5 fighter jets, a helicopter and destroyed 18 vehicles. tanks and other armored vehicles.
At least 37 Ukrainians, including civilians, have been killed and hundreds more injured in the fighting that has raged over the past 24 hours.
The Ukrainian military also said it shot down a Russian military transport plane carrying paratroopers. The AP news agency quoted the Ukrainian military’s announcement as saying that the Russian Il-76 was shot down near the city of Vasylkiv, 40 km from the capital Kiev.
Image of the wreckage of a Russian plane at the scene on February 25. Photo: EPA
The Russian military has not commented on this information while the Ukrainian military’s claim has not been independently verified. In a statement on Facebook, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army Valery Zaluzhny mentioned that a similar model plane was shot down over the city of Luhansk in 2014, killing nearly 50 Ukrainian paratroopers.
This incident occurred at the beginning of the separatist war sparked by Russia in eastern Ukraine after Moscow occupied the Crimean peninsula. “This is retaliation for the incident in Luhansk in 2014,” Zaluzhny said.