UN General Assembly Demands Russia End Ukraine War
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The United Nations Normal Assembly on Thursday adopted by an mind-boggling the greater part a non-binding resolution that needs an fast halt to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
At the worldwide body’s headquarters in New York, 140 countries voted in favor, 38 abstained and just 5 opposed the measure, with applause ringing out afterward.
The vote came just after the adoption of a similar non-binding resolution on March 2 that demanded Russia promptly stop its use of drive — a vote that was accepted by nearly the identical margin.
Ukraine set forward the new resolution, initially organized by France and Mexico and addressing the “humanitarian implications” of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor, on Wednesday at an emergency session of the Basic Assembly.
A competing textual content by South Africa, which under no circumstances mentioned Russia by title, acquired 50 votes for, 67 towards and 36 abstentions, and was thus not adopted.
The approved resolution names Moscow and “demands an fast cessation of the hostilities by the Russian Federation in opposition to Ukraine, in particular of any attacks versus civilians and civilian objects.”
The same five nations around the world voted in opposition to the resolution Thursday and March 2: Russia, Syria, North Korea, Belarus and Eritrea.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, welcomed the “powerful the greater part” supporting the resolution.
The nations around the world built distinct that “Russia bears sole responsibility for the grave humanitarian crisis and violence in Ukraine,” she said.
“As President Biden has mentioned plainly, (Russia’s president) Vladimir Putin will not see victory in Ukraine. And we heard today that he will not see it below in New York both.”
France’s UN envoy Nicolas de Riviere, talking on behalf of the European Union, praised the resolution as a “incredibly strong signal” despatched by the Basic Assembly which “remembers the urgency of putting an conclusion to the humanitarian catastrophe” and which asks Russia to halt its aggression with out delay.
President Joe Biden and his Western counterparts collected Thursday in Brussels for NATO, G7 and EU summits, with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky also participating by videolink.
On Wednesday Russia submitted a resolution to the UN Protection Council on the “humanitarian scenario” in Ukraine, but it was not adopted.
Moscow ally China, which has nevertheless to condemn the invasion, joined Russia in voting in favor. But the Protection Council’s 13 other member states pointedly abstained in solidarity around what diplomats said was the text’s unacceptable foundation.
Earlier this week UN Secretary Typical Antonio Guterres sent a chopping evaluation of the invasion, contacting the war “unwinnable” for Russia.