Ukraine tells UN to vote to preserve its territory

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Ukraine’s foreign minister on Wednesday proved to the nations of the world that he supports the United Nations Charter as Russia’s anniversary of aggression approaches, and peace guaranteed war-torn Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence and unity.” vote in favor of the United Nations resolution calling for and territorial integrity. ”

Dmitro Kuleva told an emergency special session of the UN General Assembly that despite Moscow’s “empty call” to negotiations, “Russia still wants to destroy Ukraine as a state.”

He said the resolution to be voted on Thursday by an international body of 193 members “will contribute to our joint efforts to end war and safeguard the fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.” said.

Calling it a “defining moment of support, unity and solidarity”, he recalled urging member states to avoid wartime ahead of Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022. Against all odds, Ukraine could have exercised its right of self-defense enshrined in the UN Charter to “deter a much stronger aggressor and drive him out of half the newly occupied territory,” he said. said.

Kleba said he had a message for those countries who wanted to build friendly relations with both countries and want the war to end “whatever the outcome”.

“Never in recent history has the line between good and evil been so clear. One country just wants to live. The other wants to kill and destroy. There is no country in the world that wants

If nations do not want to side with Ukraine, Kleba urged all nations to stand up for their territorial integrity, standing by the UN Charter, international law and the five General Assembly resolutions adopted since the invasion. .

“Is there anyone in this room ready to cede a square meter of territory to their bloodthirsty neighbor?” he asked, surveying the diplomats in the vast conference room.

Parliamentary Speaker Chava Kolosi and UN Secretary-General António Guterres will hold an emergency special session, with some 80 countries speaking out before the vote and more than a dozen ministers.

Mr. Guterres called Russia’s aggression, which violates the UN Charter and challenges “the principles and values ​​underlying the multilateral system,” “an affront to our collective conscience.”

He said the UN’s position in upholding the principles of the UN Charter was “clear”. “We are committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

The UN secretary-general said the suffering, devastation, human rights and humanitarian impact of Russia’s aggression had grown over the past year, and “it is also becoming clear that it could get worse.”

Mr. Guterres pointed to irresponsible military activity at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, implicit threats to use nuclear weapons, destabilizing the region, and increasing tensions and divisions worldwide, calling it “intensifying.” The possible consequences of conflict are clear and present dangers,” he warned. .

“It’s time to take a step back from the brink,” the Secretary-General said. “Complacency only deepens the crisis and further erodes our common principles proclaimed in the Charter.”

With Russia’s veto power paralyzing the Security Council, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security, the UN General Assembly has become the most important UN body dealing with Ukraine. The five previous Congress resolutions on Ukraine are not legally binding like the Council resolutions, but they are important as a reflection of global public opinion.

Congress has no veto power, so it is certain that the resolution will be approved on Thursday, but the big question is how many “yes” votes it will get. The Oct. 12 resolution, condemning Russia’s “attempted and illegal annexation” of her four regions of Ukraine and calling for its immediate withdrawal, received the highest number of votes among the five resolutions. 143 to 5, 35 abstentions.

Belarus, a close ally of Russia, has proposed a series of amendments to be voted on first.

They will remove phrases referring to “full-scale aggression against Ukraine”, “aggression by the Russian Federation” and a call for Russia to immediately withdraw all military forces from Ukrainian territory. They also called for the commencement of peace talks, urged states to “refrain from sending arms to areas of conflict,” and advised UN member states to address the root causes of the conflict, “including their legitimate security concerns.” Ask for the cause to be addressed.

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, claimed that in the first weeks after “the active phase of the Ukrainian crisis began”, Ukraine had expended “all its military potential”, and a year later it was the United States , NATO, and the coalition providing arms, ammunition and intelligence to Kiev, which it described as the collective West that includes Europe.

“It’s becoming very clear that the Ukrainian crisis will only serve as a catalyst for instinctive Russophobia to surface,” he said. In fact, it has “polluted the American and European elites” who are competing with each other to impose sanctions at a time when sanctions are hitting developing countries hardest.

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