Live news updates: India is on the “side of peace” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, condemns killings and wants peace, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Parliament on Wednesday.
Jaishankar said India is “deeply disturbed” at reports alleging that Russian forces killed civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. “This is an extremely serious matter and we support the call for an independent investigation,” he said.
“If India has chosen a side, it is a side of peace and it is for an immediate end to violence. This is our principled stand and has consistently guided our position in international forums and debates, including in the UN,” Jaishankar said in Lok Sabha.
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not resign, a minister said on Wednesday, despite protests against his handling of the country’s worst economic crisis in decades and as doctors held street protests over a shortage of medicine.
Rajapaksa, governing the country since 2019 with other family members in top positions, revoked a state of emergency late on Tuesday after five days as dozens of lawmakers walked out of the ruling coalition, leaving his government in a minority.
People have been suffering from shortages of fuel, power, food, drugs and other items for weeks, and doctors say the entire health system could collapse in weeks. Street protests began a month ago and have intensified in recent days, with people openly defying the emergency and a weekend curfew, said Reuters.