- Voting on Russia in the UN
- demand to take back the occupied steps
- Russia occupied Ukrainian territories
UN Russia Ukraine: The United Nations General Assembly has voted unprecedentedly in favor of condemning Russia’s “illegal occupation attempt” in four regions of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of these measures. Through this vote, countries around the world have expressed strong opposition to the seven-month-long war and Russia’s attempt to annex the territory of its neighboring country. Of the 193 members of the United Nations, 143 have voted in favor of the resolution.
At the same time, five countries voted against it, while 35 countries including India were absent in voting. The resolution is the biggest endorsement ever given by the United Nations General Assembly to Ukraine and the strongest opposition to Russia after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kislitsya, described the vote as a “wonderful” and “historic moment”. US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield called it “a memorable day”.
EU ambassador calls big success
EU Ambassador Olaf Schoog described the resolution as “such a huge success” that “sends a strong message to Russia that it is and will remain isolated.” US President Joe Biden issued a statement saying the vote showed the world “is now more united and committed than ever to hold Russia accountable for its infringing actions.” He said it was a “clear message” that “Russia cannot erase a sovereign state from the world map” and that it “cannot change borders by the use of force.”
The Western-sponsored proposal was introduced in response to Russia’s announcement last month of annexing Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions. Both houses of the Russian Parliament approved treaties to make the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions part of Russia. The treaty was ratified after an alleged referendum in the four provinces. Ukraine and its Western allies have rejected the referendum as illegal.
Speakers put their stand
In the emergency special session on Ukraine, the speakers presented their stand for two days. During this time Russia was accused of violating key principles of the United Nations Charter, including the principle of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states. A total of 143 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Syria and Nicaragua voted against it. At the same time, 35 countries, including 19 African countries, the world’s two most populous countries, China and India, and Pakistan and Cuba, did not take part in the vote.
The Security Council, which is more powerful than the General Assembly, has not been able to take any action against Russia in the case of Ukraine because of its veto power. Council resolutions are legally binding, while the General Assembly has passed four resolutions condemning the war on Ukraine. Although voting in the General Assembly reflects world opinion, it is not legally binding.
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