United Nations In the voting held at the (UN) General Assembly, the draft resolution condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine was approved by 141 votes to 5, and the resolution was applauded standing in the General Assembly.
While Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continued on its 7th day, the United Nations (UN) condemned Russia. In the voting held at the UN General Assembly, the draft resolution condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine was accepted by 141 votes to 5, while 35 countries abstained. Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea voted “no” to the bill. The result of the voting received a standing ovation at the General Assembly.
While the decision taken is not legally binding, it means global political pressure on Russia. “The Russian Federation is requested to immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” the resolution said.
“Russia betrayed the United Nations at every step”
Speaking at the General Assembly before the voting, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Permanent Representative of the USA to the UN, noted that this is the first session of this type after 40 years, and stated that the Russian army destroyed the infrastructure that is vital for the Ukrainian people.
Noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin seems ready to accelerate the invasion, Thomas-Greenfield said, “We have seen videos of Russian forces using deadly weapons in Ukraine. This includes cluster munitions and vacuum bombs, which are prohibited under the Geneva Convention. We saw the deadly 40-mile convoy. He put Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert, threatening to invade Finland and Sweden. Russia betrayed the United Nations at every step. “Russia’s actions go against everything this institution stands for,” he said.
“Russia’s aim is not just an invasion, it is genocide”
Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN Sergey Kislitsa, on the other hand, made a statement before the vote, expressing that the vote in question was a turning point and called on member states to take steps to stop Russia. Kislitsa likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler, using the words “It is now our responsibility to save future generations”.
Noting that Russia came to deprive Ukraine of its right to exist, Kislitsa reminded that Hitler failed when the world responded “decisively and unitedly”, but said that the action in question cost millions of lives due to the delay.
“Are we ready to pay such a price now?” Asking the question, Kislitsa said, “Russia’s aim is not just an invasion, it is genocide.”
Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, called on the member states not to accept the draft resolution in the said voting, and stated that the decision would not have any effect on Russia’s termination of military activities.
Claiming that the said decision would “encourage” the radicals in Ukraine, Nebenzya accused Ukraine of “provoking” and claimed that it placed military equipment in civilian settlements.