UN to discuss Russian annexations in Ukraine

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United Nations will discuss a draught resolution criticizing Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories on Monday.

According to media reports, no permanent member has the right to veto this resolution, as Russia used its veto in a Security Council meeting earlier this month to halt a similar proposal.

According to an i24 news report, the draft condemns Russia’s “illegal annexations” of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson following “so-called referendums” and stresses that it has “no validity under international law.”

It also urges all states, international agencies, and organizations not to recognize the expansionism and demands that Russian troops leave Ukraine immediately.

Different ambassadors and diplomats appreciated the resolution. EU ambassador, Olof Skoog, who drafted the text, stated that “it is extremely important.”

A Swedish diplomat stated that unless the UN system and the international community through the General Assembly reacted to this kind of illegal attempt, then we would be in a very, very bad place.

In response to the resolution, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia wrote a letter addressing member-states said that “Western delegations have nothing to do with the protection of international law and the principles of the UN Charter.”

The letter went on to add that the western delegations only pursue their objectives. Vassily further added that UN General Assembly should vote through secret ballots (a highly unusual procedure normally reserved for matters like electing the rotating members of the Security Council).

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