Serbia votes against Russian proposal in the UN

The UN General Assembly opened a debate on the annexation of the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to Russia, following the referendum held at the end of September.

Russia requested that the vote be secret, which the Assembly refused. The results are the following – 107 countries voted ‘in favour’ of a public vote, 13 were against and 39 abstained. Serbia was among the 107 countries that said the vote should be public.

Russia said on Monday it had targeted military and energy facilities in the latest attack on Ukraine, however, some of the missiles fell on civilian areas. Moscow said it was retaliating for Ukraine’s terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge on Saturday, while an advisor to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podolyak, called the bridge attack “too cynical even for Russia”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was shocked by Russia’s latest missile attacks on Ukrainian cities and discussed the matter with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The UN General Assembly met to consider a draft resolution that would condemn the referendums and declare the annexations illegal.

Diplomats said a vote on the resolution is likely to take place on Wednesday or Thursday. The resolution would require Moscow to “immediately and unconditionally” desist from the planned annexations, call on all countries not to recognise them, and insist on the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian forces from all internationally recognised Ukrainian territories.

(Nova, 11.10.2022)

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