UN General Assembly votes on Russian offensive in Ukraine — Analysis

An overwhelming resolution, non-binding, was adopted condemning Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and calling to its immediate withdrawal

The UN General Assembly has voted to rebuke Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and demand that Moscow’s forces leave the former Soviet republic immediately.

With 141 countries voting for the resolution, 35 abstaining from it, and five opposed, Wednesday’s nonbinding vote was approved. Russia, Syria, Eritrea and North Korea were the only ones to vote against this resolution. India, South Africa and Iraq were also among those who abstained along with Russian allies like Iran, Cuba and Kazakhstan.

Wednesday’s result follows a vote last Friday by the UN Security Council in which Russia exercised its veto power to block a draft resolution denouncing the invasion. With all other Security Council members having either voted in favor or abstained, the draft resolution was allowed to be taken up in the General Assembly’s first emergency session since 1997.

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The resolution, which needed a two-thirds majority of those voting to pass the General Assembly, also called on Russia to reverse its decision to recognize the breakaway Lugansk (LPR) and Donetsk (DPR) People’s Republics as sovereign nations rather than Ukrainian territory.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine last week, after President Vladimir Putin announced his country’s official recognition of the LPR and DRP, then called for an operation to “demilitarize and denazify”Its neighbor.  

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