Just 4 Countries Back Russia as UN Overwhelmingly Condemns Illegal Annexation in Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories, NPR reports.

143 countries voted in favor of Ukraine’s resolution to condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia.

Only Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Nicaragua joined Russia in voting against the resolution.

Another 35 countries, including China, India, Cuba, and others abstained.

The resolution was taken up by the General Assembly after Russia vetoed the measure in a U.N. Security Council vote.

Although the resolution does not actually punish Russia, it marks the highest number of votes against the country since its February invasion of Ukraine.

Zelensky responds:

"The world had its say - [Russia's] attempts at annexation is worthless and will never be recognised by free nations," Zelensky said on Twitter.

The resolution states that Russia’s annexations “have no validity under international law and do not form the basis for any alternation of the status of these regions of Ukraine.”

The resolution calls on Russia to “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

It also calls for “the de-escalation of the current situation and a peaceful resolution of the conflict through political dialogue, negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means.”

World condemns:

"The Charter is clear," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. "Any annexation of a State's territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the Principles of the UN Charter and international law."

President Joe Biden said the vote sent a “clear message” to Moscow.

"The stakes of this conflict are clear to all, and the world has sent a clear message in response - Russia cannot erase a sovereign state from the map," he said.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, said “that in the eyes of the world and the United Nations, Ukraine’s borders remain the same.”

“The resolution also sends an enormously important signal to Moscow and to everyone: It does not matter if you as a nation are big or small, rich or poor, old or new. If you are a U.N. member state, your borders are your own and are protected by international law,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “They cannot be redrawn by anyone else by force.”

 

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