UN General Assembly votes on Russian offensive in Ukraine

A nonbinding resolution was passed overwhelmingly, condemning Russia for its assault on Ukraine and calling for its immediate exit
UN General Assembly
UN General Assembly (File)

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.

The nonbinding resolution was passed on Wednesday, with 141 countries voting in favor, 35 abstaining, and five opposing the measure. The only votes against the resolution were cast by Belarus, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, and Russia itself. India, South Africa, and Iraq were among the members that abstained, as were Russian allies such as 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.

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.

The nonbinding resolution was passed on Wednesday, with 141 countries voting in favor, 35 abstaining, and five opposing the measure. The only votes against the resolution were cast by Belarus, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, and Russia itself. India, South Africa, and Iraq were among the members that abstained, as were Russian allies such as 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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