The UN General Assembly is currently meeting in an emergency special session on Ukraine and is likely to adopt a resolution condemning Russia’s aggression, demanding the withdrawal of troops and calling for a peaceful resolution by the crisis.
Two days after the convening of an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly during which more than 100 countries gathered to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine, the world body is on the to vote on a non-binding resolution demanding that Moscow withdraw its troops.
A draft resolution, seen by some diplomats as a key test of democracy in a world increasingly ruled by autocratic governments, is being prepared and will likely be presented later today.
The text “demands that Russia immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine” and that it “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces” from Ukrainian territory. He “condemns Russia’s decision to increase the alert of its nuclear forces”a mention missing from the text presented to the Security Council.
Throughout the General Assembly session, many African and Latin American countries joined with the United States and Europe to denounce the Russian invasion.
Colombia rejected “any backtracking” to “great empires”. “We are all Ukrainians, we are all Ukraine,” claimed Jamaica, as concern grew over a domino effect if Russia managed to seize Ukraine. In such a case, “Who will be next?” asked Albania.
This so-called General Assembly resolution cannot be vetoed by Russia and is likely to be supported by an overwhelming majority of the strong body’s 193 members.
In this sense, the UN “condemns” Putin’s decision to put his nuclear forces on alert. The General Assembly discussion also highlighted the fact that Russia can always rely on some countries to exercise caution about its actions, if not mount outright defence.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, global outrage has grown, but the chorus has not led to a troop withdrawal or even a reduction in hostilities.