(FiveNation.com)- On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution condemning Russia for the “attempted illegal annexation” of four eastern and southern provinces of Ukraine that declared Moscow’s claims to the territory “have no validity under international law.”
The only nations to vote against the resolution were Russia, Belarus, Nicaragua, North Korea, and Syria. The majority, 143 countries, voted in favor while 35 countries, including China and India, abstained.
In response to the UN vote, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered his thanks to the 143 nations that voted in favor of the resolution.
During Monday’s debate before the final vote, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Sergey Kyslytsya, addressed the General Assembly to urge nations to support the US- and EU-backed resolution.
Ambassador Kyslytsya directly attacked the Russian UN delegation, saying they left a “trail of blood” behind them as they entered the General Assembly and filled the hall with “the smell of smoldering human flesh.”
He condemned the United Nations for tolerating for too long Russia’s bloodshed in Syria and now it is happening in Ukraine.
On the same day Kyslytsya addressed the UN General Assembly, Russia launched a barrage of missile strikes in Kyiv and other cities in western Ukraine in retaliation for last Saturday’s explosion on the Kerch Bridge that connects Russia to Crimea.
Kyslytsya decried Monday’s attacks, accusing the Russians of launching missiles on “civilians sleeping in their homes.” He said the strikes prove once again that Russia is “a terrorist state that must be deterred in the strongest possible ways.”
Ambassador Kyslytsya also seemed to confirm Ukraine’s unwillingness to seek a negotiated end to the conflict with Russia, telling the General Assembly that “stable and sane peace” cannot be achieved “as long as an unstable and insane dictatorship exists in your vicinity.”
Ukrainian Ambassador: A trail of blood is left behind the Russian delegation when it enters the general assembly. And the hall is filled up with the smell of smoldering human flesh pic.twitter.com/OwH7sh6fAL
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 10, 2022