Six international locations sided with Russia throughout a United Nations General Assembly decision on Thursday, by which 141 international locations voted to finish hostilities in Ukraine and for Russia to withdraw its forces.
Belarus, North Korea, Syria, Eritrea, Mali and Nicaragua all joined Russia in opposing the declaration.
Whereas the decision doesn’t drive Russia into leaving Ukraine, it signifies a global censure towards Moscow’s aggression.
The vote marks a slight improve from the 4 international locations who voted towards an October decision denouncing Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territories. Mali and Eritrea abstained from the vote throughout that point.
The six international locations opposing the decision have developed shut army ties with Russia. Amendments proposed by Belarus would have stripped a lot of the decision’s language however have been resoundingly defeated.
Nations who abstained throughout Thursday’s vote included South Africa, China and India.
Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba took the 141-7 vote as a victory, saying it represents international assist for Ukraine.
“This vote defies the argument that the worldwide south doesn’t stand on Ukraine’s facet,” Kuleba stated. “Many international locations representing Latin America, Africa, Asia voted in favor.”
Friday will mark one yr since Russian army forces invaded Ukraine. The struggle has killed tens of 1000’s on either side, demolishing entire Ukrainian cities and inflicting increased meals and gasoline prices costs worldwide.
The Related Press contributed to this report.