United Nations denounces Russian annexation of Ukrainian territories
Sunday, October 16, 2022
During Russia's ongoing invasion, forces held four on the prospect of joining Russia in four Ukrainian oblasts (provinces) that were widely condemned as illegal. On October 5, President Vladimir Putin passed legislation incorporating the territories.
Text from the resolution, first presented before the Security Council September 30, declares the referenda and annexations "illegal" and urges Russia to "immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces." Mediation through "political dialogue, negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means" were encouraged, but nations were pressed to "refrain from any action that might be interpreted as recognizing" changes to Ukraine's territorial extent.
The original text was authored by Albania and the United States, and failed due to Russia's veto power in the Security Council. Moscow had attempted to make the General Assembly vote through to grant non-aligned nations "flexibility and breathing space" in choosing sides, but the General Assembly rejected the motion.
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