The United Nations General Assembly has suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council today after killings in Bucha, Ukraine, AFP news agency reported.
Evidence of civilian killings in Bucha and other towns around Kiev — which Ukraine has blamed on Russian troops, charges denied by Moscow — has shocked the world and led to calls for new sanctions against Moscow.
Ukraine said it was “grateful” for the decision to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, and said “war criminals” should not be represented in the body.
“War criminals have no place in UN bodies responsible for protecting human rights,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.
“Thank you to all member states that have supported the relevant UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) resolution and have chosen the right side of history.”