141 countries voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution “deploring” Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and demanding the immediate and complete withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukrainian territory.
34 countries abstained from voting whilst 5 voted against, these being Russia, North Korea, Syria, Eritrea and Belarus. Among the nations that abstained from the vote were Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan, and China.
The resolution demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the outcome of the vote, tweeting, “I’m grateful to everyone & every state that voted in favor. You have chosen the right side of history.”
The results “convincingly show that a global anti-Putin coalition has been formed and is functioning. The world is with us. The truth is on our side,” he added.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., told the body on Wednesday that the resolution was essential because the U.N. was being “challenged” by Putin’s actions. “If it has any purpose, it is to prevent war and to condemn war and to stop war,” she said before the vote. “That is our job here today.”
Biden took direct aim at the Kremlin’s misinformation war behind the invasion, saying the vote shows “the world is rejecting Russia’s lies.”
“We can all see what is happening in Ukraine with our own eyes,” he said. “Russia is responsible for the devastating abuses of human rights and the international humanitarian crisis that we are watching unfold in Ukraine in real time. There is no room for excuses or equivocation.” He added, “Russia is to blame.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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