India Abstains From UN Vote Condemning Russia’s ‘Annexation’ Of Ukraine
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine.
A total of 143 members voted in favor of the resolution while 5 members voted against. Up to 35 people abstained in the resolution, including India.
The resolution comes days after Russia vetoed a similar proposal at the Security Council, in which India abstained.
The latest resolution, passed by members without a veto, condemns Russia’s “illegal annexation plot” of four regions of Ukraine after the “so-called referendum”.
This vote comes two days after Ukraine and Russia clashed in the UNGA on Monday.
On Monday, India voted to reject Russia’s call to hold a secret vote at the UNGA on a draft resolution condemning Moscow’s “illegal annexation plot” to Ukrainian territories.
#IndiaAtUN#India🇮🇳 Explanation of Voting at the 11th Emergency Special Session of @UN General Assembly at the United Nations. @MEAIndia@IndianDiplomacy@IndiainUkrainepic.twitter.com/9YBHpmT20e
– India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) October 12, 2022
Albania asked for an open vote after Russia proposed a secret vote on the resolution on Ukraine. India voted in favor with a procedural vote called for by Albania.
Albania’s proposal received 107 votes in favor, with 13 countries opposed and 39 abstentions. 24 countries including China, Iran and Russia did not vote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the last week of September signed documents officially declaring the annexation of four regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
This week, tensions between Russia and Ukraine ran high after the explosion of the Crimean Bridge, which led to missile attacks on major Ukrainian cities from Moscow.
Condemning Russia’s actions, UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was deeply shocked and represented “another unacceptable escalation” of the war.
The attacks that are believed to have caused widespread damage to civilian areas and resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries show that “as always” civilians are paying the heaviest price for life. Russian invasion on 24 February.
This week, Mr Putin warned of “harsh” retaliation after Saturday’s attack on the Crimean bridge. In a televised appearance, Putin said that Russia had attacked military and infrastructure targets across Ukraine after the explosion of the Crimean Bridge.
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