12 explosions heard in Kiev as Russian assault intensifies; 48 flights bring 10,000 Indians home from Ukraine

Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war:

As the war between Russia and Ukraine escalates, the UN Human Rights Council on Friday condemned Russia’s alleged human rights abuses during its invasion of Ukraine and agreed to set up a commission to investigate them, including possible war crimes. Thirty-two council members voted in favor of the resolution presented by Ukraine. Russia and Eritrea voted against, while 13, including China, abstained. “Those in Russia who are leading and committing violations against my people should pay attention. Evidence is going to be collected, you are going to be identified and you will be held to account,” said Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. , Yevheniia Filipenko, flanked by Western ambassadors, told reporters after the vote.

The Geneva-based council cannot make legally binding decisions, but its decisions send important political messages and can authorize investigations, such as the one to be carried out by the three-person commission created by Friday’s vote. Earlier, Filipenko told the council that there was “irrefutable evidence of gross and systematic violations of human rights as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity by Russia”. Russia, which has called its actions since February 24 a “special operation”, has denied targeting civilians in Ukraine. Its delegate, Evgeny Ustinov, told the council that supporters of the resolution “will use all means to blame Russia for the events in Ukraine”.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian port city of Mykolayiv on the Black Sea has issued an air raid warning after authorities reported fighting around the city as Russian forces sought to advance in the area. Earlier on Friday, Ukrainian authorities said the Russian advance on the shipbuilding center had been halted after regional governor Vitaliy Kim signaled the entry of Russian troops into the city.

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