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UN General Assembly in historic vote condemns Russia for the invasion of Ukraine

The 11th Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Russia's Invasion of Ukraine, in New York City
Overall shows the results of voting during the 11th emergency special session of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, the city New York, USA, March 2, 2022. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

March 2, 2022

By Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Landay

United Nations (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly reprimanded Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and demanded that Moscow cease fighting and withdraw its military forces, an action aimed at diplomatic isolation from Russia.

The resolution, supported by 141 of the council’s 193 members, was passed in a rare emergency session called by the United Nations Security Council while Ukrainian forces battled to defend the country. Kherson harbor before air raids and devastating bombardment forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

The text of the resolution represents “Russian aggression towards Ukraine.” The last time the Security Council convened an emergency session of the General Assembly was in 1982, according to the United Nations website.

Russia joined Belarus, which has served as a launching pad for Russian, Eritrea, North Korean and Syrian aggression forces to vote against the resolution. Thirty-five members, including China, abstained.

While General Assembly resolutions are not binding, they carry political weight, with Wednesday’s vote representing a symbolic victory for Ukraine and increasing national isolation. economy of Moscow. Even Russia’s traditional ally, Serbia, voted against it.

“As the 141 member states of the United Nations know, many are at stake even more than the conflict in Ukraine. This is a threat to Europe’s security and to the entire rules-based order,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters after the vote.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the panel that Russia was ready to increase the brutality of the attack and called on members to hold Moscow accountable for the violation of the law. international.

She cited videos of the Russian military transferring heavy weapons into Ukraine, including ball bombs and vacuum bombs, which are banned under international law.

“This is an extraordinary moment,” she said. “Now, more than at any other time in recent history, the United Nations is being challenged.”

“Vote yes if you believe that UN member states – including your own – have a right to sovereignty and territorial integrity. Vote yes if you believe Russia should be held accountable for its actions,” she added.

Russia’s UN special envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, denied Moscow was targeting civilians and accused Western governments of pressuring members of parliament to pass the resolution, whose passage he said had may spark further violence.

He reiterated Russia’s assertion that its action was a special military operation aimed at ending targeted attacks on civilians in the Moscow-backed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in the east. Ukraine.

Nebenzia alleges that Ukrainian forces are using civilians as human shields and deploying heavy weapons in civilian areas.

To elaborate on China’s abstention, Beijing’s special envoy, Zhang Jun, said the resolution had not gone through “adequate consultation with all members” of the congress.

“It also fails to adequately consider the history and complexity of the current crisis. It does not highlight the importance of the principle of indivisible security, or the urgency of promoting political settlement and stepping up diplomatic efforts,” he said. “These are not consistent with China’s consistent stance.”

China, which has grown increasingly close to Russia in recent years, has said it will not participate in Western sanctions against Moscow.

“Evil will never stop. It requires more and more space”, the UN special envoy for Ukraine, Sergiy Kyslytsa, said as he urged the adoption of the resolution, calling it “one of the bases for building a wall to prevent” the attack of Russia.

After nearly a week, Russia still has not achieved its goal of overthrowing the Ukrainian government. It has faced an unprecedented international backlash, especially from the West, whose sanctions have crippled Russia’s financial system while the giant multinational huge withdrawal of investments.

Washington has imposed several rounds of sanctions, including against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the central bank, since Russian forces invaded Ukraine in the biggest attack on a European country since. The War II. Moscow called the attack a “special operation.”

(Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mary Milliken and Howard Goller)

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