The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday overwhelmingly voted in favor of establishing an independent commission tasked with investigating and preserving proof of human rights violations by Russia in Ukraine.

Of the 47-member Geneva-based body, 32 countries, including Japan and the United States, voted for the text, while 13 nations such as China, India and Pakistan abstained. Only Eritrea joined Russia in opposition.

After the vote, Ukrainian Ambassador Yevheniia Filipenko said, "The message to Putin has been clear. You are isolated on a global level, and the whole world is against you."

"Evidence is going to be collected, you are going to be identified, and you are going to be held to account," Filipenko told journalists in reference to Russia's aggression in its neighboring country.

Separately, Japan's deputy representative Kozo Honsei said, "I'm glad that the Human Rights Council sent a clear message to Russia regarding its human rights and humanitarian violations."

Japan hopes that "this will lead to some form of action against Russia for its illegal actions," Honsei said.

The investigative team will be made of three human rights experts to be appointed by the president of the U.N. council for an initial one-year mandate.

The body will not be functional for a few months, but its spokesperson assured that the appointments will be made as soon as possible.

Russia participated in the debates leading to the adoption of the resolution but rejected all accusations against it. Instead, it accused what it called the "criminal regime in Kyiv" of having committed "crimes" against its people in the Donbas area in eastern Ukraine.

During the debates, China said establishing an investigative mechanism will only "worsen confrontations" and will not help peacefully resolve the crisis through diplomacy.

Most states from Africa, the Middle East and Asia voiced strong opposition to Russia's military action without singling out the country or its leader Vladimir Putin.

They also urged the two sides to return to a path of dialogue and diplomacy.

The resolution condemns the human rights violations resulting from Russia's aggression in Ukraine and calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.

The text further states that "all those fleeing from the conflict in Ukraine should be protected without discrimination."

In her address to the body, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she received "disturbing indications of discrimination against African and Asian nationals" wanting to leave Ukraine.