UN to mark Russia invasion of Ukraine anniversary by urging ‘just peace’
Marking one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, the UN General Assembly will vote next week on a draft resolution stressing “the need to reach, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding United Nations Charter.
Ukraine and its supporters hope to deepen Russia’s diplomatic isolation by seeking yes votes from nearly three-quarters of the General Assembly to match – if not better – the support received for several resolutions last year.
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy declined to comment on the draft resolution, which member states received on Wednesday.
‘Attack on a neighbor’
General Assembly resolutions are not legally-binding but carry political weight.
Russia’s friends in the UN counted on the fingers
Only four countries – Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, Syria – of the 193 United Nations members supported Russia in a UN vote asking it to “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine, an illustration of the isolation of this country under Vladimir Putin.