December 9, 2022

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War on Ukraine: UN General Assembly Condemns Links

Status: 10/12/2022 10:52 pm

The UN General Assembly strongly condemned Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. 143 out of 193 member states voted in favor of the relevant resolution – five voted against and 35 abstained.

UN slams Russia’s “illegal connections” in Ukraine In the emergency session, 143 UN member states voted in favor of the relevant resolution and five against. 35 countries abstained, including China, India, South Africa and Pakistan. This decision is not binding under international law, but it shows Moscow’s clear international isolation.

The resolution condemns Russia’s annexation and invalidates it. In addition, the Kremlin was asked to change the integration of the occupied territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Cherson.

A clearer conclusion than previous resolutions

The decision was more than the 141 votes in the General Assembly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in March – and 100 votes for a similar resolution after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Brazil, Turkey and Saudi Arabia also voted for the resolution.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba took to Twitter to thank the 143 countries that voted in favor of the resolution. The strong result exceeded the predictions of the biggest Western optimists. Before the vote, observers assumed that a certain degree of war weariness and dependence on Russia in many countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America, would result in less support for the resolution. Some states believe the war in Ukraine is marginalizing other destructive conflicts and impeding progress.

Germany: “Links are invalid”

Before the vote, Germany had called on Russia to condemn the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Cherson and Zaporizhia. “Bad polls and Russia’s illegal connections are hollow,” said German Ambassador Michael Keissler.

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The US had also called for a clear condemnation of these links. “Today Russia is occupying Ukraine. But tomorrow it could be another nation whose border is being violated. It could be you. You could be next,” said Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN. Every country’s borders – big or small – are protected by international law.

At the end of September, the UN Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the merger. On the other hand in the UN General Assembly, Russia has no veto power.