Russia intensifies efforts to take full control of Donbas as U.S., others rally to suspend Russia from U.N. Human Rights Council

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Report from Ukraine suggests that Russian troops “are regrouping and conducting reconnaissance” for an offensive in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in an update on 42nd day of fighting.

Meanwhile, United States and other countries have submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council urging it to suspend Russia.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, United Nations General Assembly will continue its emergency session to discuss the matter.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the draft resolution mentions reports of “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” as well as “violations of international humanitarian law.”

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada were among the countries that requested that the resolution be considered.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, used photographs from Bucha, Ukraine, in a speech in Romania, advocating for Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council.

“We receive devastating reports every day, especially yesterday, about how little they care about human rights. “Russia’s Human Rights Council membership is a farce,” she remarked.

Photos and video of bodies left behind as Russian soldiers departed in Bucha, near Kyiv, have sparked outrage and prompted suspicions that Russian forces committed war crimes. Russia has denied that civilians are being targeted. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has alleged that the images were “fabricated.”

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