UN General Assembly Agrees to Demand Russia End the War in Ukraine


UN General Assembly Agrees to Demand Russia End the War in Ukraine
Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya speaks during the 11th emergency special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the United Nations Headquarters on Feb. 28, 2022 | Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

UNITED NATIONS - TheU.N. General Assembly suggested at an exigency special session Wednesday to demand an immediate halt to Moscow’s descent against Ukraine and pullout of all Russian colors, with veritably strong support from the world association’s 193 member nations that sparked sustained applause. The vote on the resolution, entitled “ Aggression against Ukraine,” was 141-5 with 35 abstentions. 

Russia got support for its appeal to bounce against the resolution only from Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea, a important suggestion of the transnational insulation that Russian President Vladimir Putin faces for overrunning his country's lower neighbor. Emphasizing that insulation was a major thing of the resolution’s sympathizers. 

Unlike Security Council judgments, General Assembly judgments aren't fairly binding, but they do have leverage in reflecting transnational opinion. Under special exigency session rules, a resolution needs blessing of two-thirds of those countries advancing, and abstentions do n’t count. 

After Russia nixed a analogous resolution in the Security Council onFeb. 25, Ukraine and its sympathizers won blessing for an exigency special session-- the first since 1997-- to try to spotlight opposition to Russia’s irruption. 

The resolution states that Russia’s military operations in Ukraine “ are on a scale that the transnational community has not seen in Europe in decades and that critical action is demanded to save this generation from the scourge of war.” It “ urges the immediate peaceful resolution of the conflict” and reaffirms the assembly’s commitment “ to the sovereignty, independence, concinnity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally honored borders.” 

Before the vote, Ukraine’sU.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said of Russian forces “ They've come to the Ukrainian soil, not only to kill some of us. they've come to deprive Ukraine of the veritably right to live,” adding that “ the crimes are so barbaric that it's delicate to comprehend.” 

Russia’sU.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia also promptedU.N. members to bounce against the resolution, professing that Western nations wielded “ unknown pressure” with “ open and pessimistic pitfalls” to get support for the measure. 

“ This document won't allow us to end military conditioning. On the negative, it could buoy Kyiv revolutionaries and chauvinists to continue to determine the policy of their country at any price,” Nebenzia advised. 

“ Your turndown to support moment’s draft resolution is a vote for a peaceful Ukraine” that would not “ be managed from the outside,” he said. “ This was the end of our special military operation, which the guarantors of this resolution tried to present as aggression.” 

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told journalists incontinently after the vote “ The communication of the General Assembly is loud and clear End conflict in Ukraine — now. Silence the ordnance — now. Open the door to dialogue and tactfulness — now.” 

“ We do n’t have a moment to lose,” he said. “ The brutal goods of the conflict are plain to see … It threatens to get much, much worse.” The assembly resolution,co-sponsored by 96 countries, deplored Russia’s “ aggression” against Ukraine “ in the strongest terms” and demanded an immediate halt to Moscow’s use of force and the immediate, complete and unconditional pullout of all Russian forces from Ukraine’s internationally honored borders. 

The measure also called on Russia to reverse a decision to fete two separatist corridor of eastern Ukraine as independent. During further than two days of meetings antedating the vote, there were speeches from about 120 countries. 

From a bitsy Pacific islet nation to Europe’s profitable hustler, country after country lashed out at Russia’s irruption of Ukraine and prompted support for theU.N. resolution. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin did have a many sympathizers, including North Korea. And there were countries that took no position on the draft resolution, similar as Suriname and South Africa, which prompted concession and tactfulness to find a lasting resolution to the extremity. 

The resolution'sco-sponsors included Afghanistan, where the Taliban ousted the tagged government last August, and Myanmar, where the military overthrew the tagged government led by Aung San Suu Kyi onFeb. 1, 2021. But neither the Taliban nor Myanmar's military government have gainedU.N. recognition so that support came from representatives of their former governments. 

In speaking in favor of the resolution Tuesday, Palau’sU.N. minister, Ilana Seid, told the assembly that Ukraine and Palau have little in common “ One is a largepost-Soviet state in eastern Europe and the other is a small, blue ocean state.” 

Yet, she said, Palau feels some connection because both came independent in the early 1990s. “ And so, it has n’t escaped us, that if the turns of fate had one of our former pioneers act with the aggression of Russia towards us, citing the defense of literal concinnity, it would have been our people who would be suffering the atrocities of war we're seeing in Ukraine moment.” 

Seid said the claim of" literal concinnity” was the defense Hitler made in absorbing Czechoslovakia, setting events in stir that brought on World War II. “ Therefore, history has shown us that we simply can not make concessions to an aggressive power in order to avoid conflict,” she said. 

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, whose country is Europe's largest profitable power, said what's at stake in Russia’s war in Ukraine is “ the life or death of the Ukrainian people,” European security, and the Charter of the United Nations which calls for peaceful agreement of conflicts and maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of allU.N. member nations. 

Baerbock, who flew to New York to address the assembly’s first exigency special session in decades, lashed out at Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying he was shamefaced of telling “ blatant falsehoods” to theU.N. Human Rights Council before Tuesday by arguing that Russia is acting in tone- defense to cover Russian speakers in Ukraine and has transferred its colors as “ peacemakers.” 

In fact, she said, the world watched Russia make up colors over months to prepare for its attack and is watching as its forces “ are bombing the homes of Russian- speaking Ukrainians in Kharkiv,” the country’s alternate-largest megacity. “Mr. Lavrov, you can deceive yourself, but you wo n’t deceive your own people,” Baerbock said. 

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