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U.N. Security Council to vote on resolution condemning Russia, U.S. official says.

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The United Nations Security Council planned to vote on Friday on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of its troops, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

The resolution, written and led by the United States, condemns in the “strongest terms” the Russian attack, deeming it a violation of the U.N. charter, according to a copy of the document seen by The New York Times.

The resolution adds that the “situation in Ukraine constitutes a breach of international peace and security, and that the Russian Federation has committed acts of aggression against Ukraine.”

Invoking Chapter VII of the U.N. charter, which is legally binding, the resolution demands that Russia “immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine” and “refrain from any further unlawful threat or use of force against any U.N. member state.”

It also demands that Russia grant rapid and safe access to humanitarian aid and protect civilians, especially children.

The resolution may be largely symbolic, given that Russia was expected to veto it, as it has the power to do as a permanent member of the council. But the United States and its allies have said that the United Nations and the council have a responsibility to act and that a Russian veto would only demonstrate the country’s isolation.

“We view the council as the critical venue in which Russia must be forced to explain itself,” the senior U.S. official said in a phone call with reporters. “We won’t stand by and do nothing.”

To fully demonstrate Russia’s isolation, the United States and its allies would need the support of a majority of the council’s 15 members. The resolution has wide support, diplomats have said, but it was not clear whether China would support or oppose the measure. China could also veto the resolution, or abstain.

The U.N. General Assembly was also expected to vote next week on a resolution condemning Russia’s aggression, the U.S. official said. General Assembly resolutions carry political weight but are not legally binding.

The U.N. measures are part of a coordinated and wider approach by the United States, the European Union and their allies to punish President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for ordering the invasion of Ukraine, diplomats said.

These measures include collective and individual sanctions by countries targeting Russian institutions, enterprises and people involved in the military operation against Ukraine.

Diplomats acknowledged that economic sanctions might take time to squeeze Russia’s economy and might not stop the continuing barrage of attacks on Ukrainian cities and towns. They said they hoped that Mr. Putin would recalculate once he realized that Russia was being shunned politically and economically.

Ukraine on Thursday also called for an urgent debate on the invasion at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in a bid to escalate the diplomatic costs of Mr. Putin’s assault. Based in Geneva, the council is regarded as the world’s most important human rights body. While it has no criminal enforcement or sanctioning powers, the council can undertake investigations that help shape the global image of countries.

The U.N. human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, said Russia’s invasion violated international law and put countless civilian lives at risk. It “must be immediately halted,” she said.

Her statement came as U.N. relief agencies reported early signs of the humanitarian impact of Russia’s invasion. The U.N. refugee agency said several thousand people had crossed Ukraine’s borders into neighboring countries. It believed about 100,000 people had left their homes and may be displaced within the country.

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