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UN Security Council to discuss Russian strikes on Ukraine today

UN Security Council to discuss Russian strikes on Ukraine today The UN Security Council will meet to discuss Russian attacks on Ukraine (photo: Getty Images)

The UN Security Council will meet today, March 8, to discuss the Russian strikes on Odesa. The meeting is being held at the initiative of Ukraine, according to the UN Security Council meeting schedule.

The meeting on Support for Peace and Security in Ukraine will also address a range of humanitarian issues in Ukraine. It is noted that the list of speakers will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.

The UN Security Council meeting will begin at 22:00 Kyiv time.

How the UN Security Council works

The UN Security Council is one of the principal organs of the UN responsible for maintaining international peace and security. Its main duties include considering issues related to international security, and peacekeeping, and making decisions on measures aimed at preventing or resolving conflicts.

The Security Council consists of 15 members, including five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. The permanent members of the Security Council - the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK - have a special status in the UN, which gives them the right to veto Council decisions by using their veto power if they disagree with a proposed resolution.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed regret that the UN Security Council had failed to adequately respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the Hamas-Israel conflict in Gaza, stating that these conflicts may have fatally undermined its authority.