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UNSC to vote on resolution on Russia’s referendums in Ukraine

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According to reports, the UN Security Council will vote on a resolution on Friday that will criticise Russia for holding referenda in four areas that it controls but that Ukraine claims.

According to the news agency, the US-sponsored resolution would urge other nations to reject the change in the status of the four areas. The resolution, which is also supported by Albania, would reiterate the UN’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. The Kremlin had declared that a ceremony will be held to legally begin the annexation process for the provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia. The change is the result of recent referendums in which voters from these areas participated.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared that any annexation of a state’s territory by another state as a consequence of a “threat or use of force” is a breach of the UN charter and international law after the Kremlin stated the annexation of four areas of Ukraine will be proclaimed on Friday.

“I must emphasise that it is my responsibility as Secretary-General to safeguard the @UNCharter in this dangerous situation. The rules are unambiguous. The principles of the Charter and international law are broken if a state’s territory is annexed by another state as a consequence of the threat or use of force “Tweeted Guterres.

According to reports in the media, on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of annexing parts of Ukraine and declared that this was against international law.

The senior US ambassador declared that the US will never recognise Moscow’s annexation, calling Moscow’s action a “land grab.”

Blinken stated in a statement that “the Kremlin’s phoney referenda are a failed effort to disguise what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine.”
Earlier, the Kremlin said that on Friday, Russia will organise a signing ceremony to officially annex the four seized areas of Ukraine.

The signing ceremony for the annexation of the additional regions into Russia will take place tomorrow at 15:00 (1200 GMT) in the Georgian Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, according to Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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