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Jonathan Landay and Humeyra Pamuk

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to reprimand Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and demanded that Moscow stop fighting and withdraw its military forces, an action that aims to diplomatically isolate Russia at the world body.

This resolution was supported by 141 out of 193 assembly members. It came as Ukrainian forces fought on the port of Kherson against air strikes and a massive bombardment, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee.

This resolution expresses regret over Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. According to U.N. websites, the last emergency session of Security Council was held in 1982.

China was among the 35 members that abstained, while five other countries such as Russia, Syria, and Belarus voted in opposition to this resolution. General Assembly Resolutions, while not binding, have political weight.

Russia destroyed vital infrastructure including water, gas, and drinking water for millions and seemed to be ready to intensify its aggression against Ukraine. U.S. In a speech before the General Assembly, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador to United Nations said.

Thomas-Greenfield stated that “This was an extraordinary time.” “Now, at more than any other point in recent history, the United Nations is being challenged,” she said and made a plea: “Vote yes if you believe UN member states – including your own – have a right to sovereignty and territorial integrity. If you think Russia must be held accountable for its actions, vote yes.

Russia is still not able to overthrow the government of Ukraine after nearly one week. However, it has been subjected to unprecedented resistance from the West. The sanctions against Russia have hampered its financial system, while huge multinationals have pulled their investments out of Russia.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the largest attack on an EU state since World War Two, Washington has placed several rounds of sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as the central bank. Moscow called the attack a “special operations.”

Russia’s U.N. Vassily Nebenzia of Russia denies that Moscow is targeting civilians, and warns that adopting the resolution may lead to more escalation.

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