The results were 143 Member States in favour, with five votes against and 35 abstentions. The countries that voted against were Belarus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Russia and Syria.
Most of the countries that abstained were African nations, along with China and India.
The resolution “upholding the principles” of the UN Charter notes that the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions are temporarily occupied by Russia as a result of aggression, violating the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Ukraine.
The General Assembly automatically took up the resolution for debate, prompted by Russia’s use of a Security Council veto over its annexation bid.
The resolution now passed in the Assembly calls on all states, the UN and international organizations not to recognize any of Russia’s annexation claims and calls for the immediate revocation of its declaration of annexation.
The resolution welcomes and “expresses its firm support” for the continued efforts of the Secretary General and the member states to de-escalate the current situation in search of peace through dialogue, negotiation and mediation.
The debate on the Ukraine resolution began on Monday, when General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi told the world’s most representative deliberative body that the UN Charter, the Secretary-General and the Assembly itself had been clear: the Russian invasion and attempted annexation of Ukraine. territory by force, “it is illegal”.
Civilian areas bombed
Since Monday morning, Russia has fired dozens of missiles at civilian areas in several Ukrainian cities, killing and injuring dozens, in retaliation for the bombing of the Russian bridge to Crimea on Saturday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the assault “another unacceptable escalation” in Russia’s February 24 invasion of its neighbor.
Speaking at the start of the debate on Monday, Mr. Kőrösi said that “when it becomes a daily routine to see images of destroyed cities and scattered bodies, we lose our humanity… We must find a political solution based on the UN Charter and the law. international.”
Secret ballot rejected
The debate began with a procedural vote on a measure that Russia had flagged, proposing that the Ukrainian draft resolution under discussion be voted on by secret ballot, not through a recorded open vote.
The Albanian proposal received 107 votes in favour, 13 against and 39 abstentions, with the country’s representative arguing that it would set a “dangerous precedent” if such a substantive issue of peace and security was voted on in secret.