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Russia vetoed UNSC resolution confirming Ukraine aggression


On Friday, Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution drafted by the United States which deplores in the strongest terms the country’s aggression in the Ukraine. 11 out of 15 members of UNSC voted for the draft to be tabled in the UN General Assembly. China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from the vote.

This might mark the end of the security council’s measures to check the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The UN has held one General Assembly of 193 member states and three council meetings since the war broke out.

Amin Awad from Sudan has been appointed as the UN’s crisis coordinator for Ukraine by Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UN.

What is veto power?

A “no” vote from any of the five permanent members of UNSC namely, China, United Kingdom, United States of America, Russian Federation, and France. This is called veto power. Any action or step will not be followed through by the council if any of these countries exercise this power. Russia also vetoed the Bangladesh Liberation war of 1971.

The USA on the veto by Russia

Linda Thomas, United States Ambassador to Russia, said in the council "You can veto this resolution but you cannot veto our voices, You cannot veto the truth. You cannot veto our principles. You cannot veto the Ukrainian people. You cannot veto the UN charter."

The resolution drafted by the US was a non-binding resolution. It advocated being put on the vote so that the members of the UNSC could record their observations on the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres pleads to “never give up”:

Antonio has been giving daily press conferences for a week now, he condemns the aggression with all his heart. After the UNSC meeting this Friday, he said to a reporter, “We must never give up, We must give peace another chance. Soldiers need to return to their barracks. Leaders need to turn to the path of dialogue and peace,” he said. 

Talking about the humanitarian color to the invasion, he said, “All concerned in this conflict must respect international humanitarian law and guarantee the safety and freedom of movement of UN staff and other humanitarians. Especially in a moment like this, it is important to remember that the UN…is tens of thousands of women and men around the world."  





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