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Ukraine Praises UN Vote to Condemn Russia's Annexation


FILE - Video monitors show the result of a United Nations General Assembly special emergency session vote in favor of a resolution condemning Russia's illegal referendum in Ukraine, Oct. 12, 2022.

Ukrainian authorities Thursday thanked their Western partners and other nations that showed solidarity for Kyiv after a U.N. General Assembly vote on Wednesday largely condemned Russia for its annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

Ukrainian authorities Thursday said a vote held by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday is proof that the international community is united against Russia amid the war between the east European neighbors.

Officials say 143 nations voted against Moscow and five nations, Belarus, North Korea, Syria and Nicaragua in addition to Russia, showed support for President Vladimir Putin.

In a tweet, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked all nations that stood by Kyiv.

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, said the outcome of the vote showed immense support to defend the principles of the U.N.’s Charter.

“I think that the countries made the right choice to defend the principles of the U.N. Charter and to follow the Charter,” Kyslytsya said.

U.S. President Joe Biden echoed Kyslytsya’s sentiments.

“The world has just demonstrated that it is more united and more determined than ever to hold Russia accountable for its actions,” Biden said.

Experts say Wednesday’s vote showed that the international community is united against Russia’s “special military operation,” but warned support for Ukraine might be declining.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., noted that the vote is not legally binding, but said it shows that the international community is in favor of Ukraine maintaining its territorial integrity.

“This means that in the eyes of the world and the United Nations, Ukraine’s borders will remain the same,” she said.

“Kherson is Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia is Ukraine, Donetsk is Ukraine, Luhansk is Ukraine, and Ukraine remains Ukraine,” added Thomas-Greenfield.

United Nations Ambassador from United States, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, address the U.N. General Assembly, before it voted on a resolution condemning Russia's referendum in Ukraine, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022
United Nations Ambassador from United States, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, address the U.N. General Assembly, before it voted on a resolution condemning Russia's referendum in Ukraine, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022

Vassily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the U.N., described Wednesday’s proceedings as “politicized by Western nations.”

“By introducing this draft, Western states are pursuing their own geopolitical goals and are once again trying to use the members of the General Assembly as bit players,” Nebenzya said.

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