UN Overwhelmingly Rejects Annexations of Ukraine
(DailyVantage.com) – It’s been nearly eight months since Russia invaded Ukraine, triggering a battle that has kept the world’s eyes on the two countries. The invading country has since tried to annex four of its neighbor’s regions: Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia. During a UN General Assembly, the matter went up for a vote, and the outcome fell resoundingly in Ukraine’s favor.
At the end of the count, a clear the majority of the world stood with Ukraine. Of the 193 member countries, 143 voted to condemn Russia’s actions, which Ukrainian UN ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya called “a historic moment.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was happy with the outcome, saying Russia’s attempt was “worthless.”
Grateful to 143 states that supported historic #UNGA resolution "Territorial integrity of Ukraine: defending the principles of the UN Charter". The world had its say – RF’s attempt at annexation is worthless & will never be recognized by free nations. 🇺🇦 will return all its lands pic.twitter.com/FupYPfZz8M
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 12, 2022
Only four countries joined Russia in voting against the resolution: Syria, Belarus, North Korea, and Nicaragua. Some of the Kremlin’s typical allies, including Tajikistan, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, abstained.
Some notable nations that failed to vote on the UN’s earlier resolution decided this time to vote in favor of condemnation. These countries included Iraq, Morocco, and Bangladesh.
The UN not only condemned Russia’s actions but might also take more serious action against the invading country. According to Secretary-General António Guterres, Russia’s actions — trying to annex the regions by force or threat — are a direct “violation of the Principles of the UN Charter and international law.” Article 6 explicitly states that a member of the UN that violates these principles “may be expelled.”
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