Other Central Asian countries also abstained.
The UN General Assembly has supported a resolution proposed by Ukraine and its allies that calls on Russia to stop hostilities on Ukrainian territory and withdraw troops from there. The meeting of the assembly was broadcast on the UN media resource . This was also reported on Twitter by the UN.
141 countries voted “for” the adoption of the document, seven “against” (Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea, Nicaragua, Mali, Eritrea), 32 abstained – including Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, as well as China, India, Armenia , Iran.
According to Evropeiska Pravda , the resolution is based on the principles of the “peace formula” that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented in the fall of 2022 at the G20 summit.
The document, in particular, states that the UN:
Emphasizes the need for the speedy achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter;
- calls on UN states and international organizations to double their support for diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine,
- confirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters;
- requires that all prisoners of war be treated by parties to an armed conflict in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention
- calls on the parties to respect international humanitarian law and to spare the civilian population and civilian objects;
- Calls for an immediate halt to attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and any deliberate attacks on civilian targets, including homes, schools and hospitals;
- Emphasizes the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes in Ukraine through a fair and independent investigation and trial;
- calls on all UN member states to cooperate to overcome the global consequences of the war.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba wrote on Twitter that the adoption of the resolution by 141 countries showed that a year after the start of the war, “global support for Ukraine remains strong.”
Earlier, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya called the draft of this resolution “anti-Russian and harmful”, “one-sided and out of touch with reality.” In addition, Nebenzya noted that the document would not allow “to move to a peaceful solution” to the conflict between Russia and the West.
On February 23, the General Assembly resumed the 11th special session in connection with the anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine. It started a year ago. As part of the session in early March last year, the GA adopted a resolution with similar demands to end the conflict, the document was also supported by 141 countries, five opposed, 35 abstained.
By the end of March last, the General Assembly adopted another resolution calling on Russia to stop its offensive against Ukraine, cease fire and return to the path of negotiations. The resolution adopted in October last year condemned Russian-led “referendums” in the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR and the occupied Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Last November, the General Assembly adopted a document calling for Russia to be held financially responsible for its invasion of Ukraine.