The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has formally referred the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to a Special Emergency Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In a Sunday vote at UN headquarters in New York, 11 council members voted in favour of a draft resolution referring the matter to the GA with three abstentions and a single ‘no vote’ from Russia.
However, due to the procedural nature of the vote, vetoes did not apply.
This was the 8th time in history that the Security Council sent a deadlocked issue to the full membership of the General Assembly, the last time was 40 years ago in 1982.
This follows Russia veto of a resolution on Friday that deplored its violations of the UN Charter and ordered its troops out of the country.
A similar draft will be put to a vote among all 193-member states of the UN – South Africa is expected to participate.
The Monday meeting is the latest in diplomatic efforts at the UN and will provide a clear indication of where all countries stand on Russia’s invasion.
GA resolutions, while non-binding, do carry political weight as efforts again ramp up to demonstrate Russia’s isolation among the nations of the world.
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SA student stranded
A South African student who is stranded in Ukraine, Ansuria Moodley is originally from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.
She has been in the Ukraine since September 2020 to study medicine, at the Dnipro Medical Institute.
Moodley says she feels safe at this point in time, however she feels emotional at what is happening.
Below is the full interview with Ansuria Moodley:
What we know about the Russia-Ukraine conflict: