The United Nations has voted strongly in favour of a resolution to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demand the withdrawal of its troops.
The resolution was supported by 141 of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly and was only opposed by five members, with the rest abstaining (choosing not to vote) or not in attendance.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the “unprecedented majority” they had “chosen the right side of history”. Here’s how the world voted.
Who voted against?
5 countries, including:
– North Korea
34 countries, including:
Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
What does the vote achieve?
The UN states that resolutions “are considered to be recommendations and are not legally binding on the Member States”.
“It isn’t going to stop Russian forces in their stride, but it’s a pretty enormous diplomatic win for the Ukrainians and the U.S, and everyone who has got behind them,” the UN Director at the International Crisis Group Richard Gowan said.