India abstains, Russia vetoes UNSC resolution on Moscow’s ‘illegal referenda’ on Ukraine

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United Nations: India abstained while Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution tabled by the US and Albania that would have condemned Moscow’s “illegal referenda” and declared its annexation of four Ukrainian territories as invalid, with New Delhi citing the “totality of the evolving siuation” as the reason for its abstention.

The 15-nation UN Security Council voted on Friday on the draft resolution on “Illegal So-Called Referenda in Ukraine”, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a ceremony in the Kremlin, signed treaties to annex the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

The resolution failed to get adopted as permanent UNSC member Russia vetoed it. It was supported by 10 of the 15 members of the Council, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained.

Addressing the Council after the vote, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, said that India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine and New Delhi has always advocated that no solution can ever arrive at the cost of human lives.

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