U.N. General Assembly Overwhelmingly Isolates Russia over Ukraine

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United Nations General Assembly hall at the UN headquarters.
United Nations General Assembly hall at the UN headquarters. (AFP)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has blasted Russia’s “absurd war.”

Almost three-quarters of the U.N. General Assembly demanded aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine on Thursday, and criticized Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation after Moscow invaded its neighbor one month ago.

It is the second time the 193-member General Assembly has overwhelmingly isolated Russia over what Moscow aggression against Ukraine.

Thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine, and over 4 millions that is more than 20 per cent of the population made refugees, and cities pulverized in the past month.


The UN resolution politically significant

The resolution adopted on Thursday, which was drafted by Ukraine and allies, received 140 votes in favor and five votes against – Russia, Syria, North Korean, Eritrea and Belarus – while 38 countries, including Communist China, abstained.

The resolution adopted on Thursday demands the protection of civilians, medical personnel, aid workers, journalists, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure. It also demands an end to the siege of cities, in particular Mariupol.

Ukraine and Western allies have accused Moscow of attacking civilians indiscriminately.

General Assembly resolutions are nonbinding, but they carry political weight. There was a round of applause in the hall after the adoption on Thursday.

Ukraine and its allies had been looking to match or improve on support received for a March 2 General Assembly resolution that deplored Russia’s “aggression” and demanded it withdraw its troops. That received 141 yes votes, the same five no votes, while 35 states – including Communist China – abstained.

 

 


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