United Nation Resolution Demands Russia to “Immediately Cease its Use of Force Against Ukraine”

United Nation Resolution Demands Russia to “Immediately Cease its Use of Force Against Ukraine”
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03-03-2022

Manon Picard

International Justice and Human Rights Researcher, 

Global Human Rights Defence.

On the 2nd of March 2022, the United Nation’s General Assembly adopted a Resolution which asked the Russian Federation to “immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine.” The General Assembly represents all of the 193 Member States of the United Nations. Yesterday’s resolution had a total of 141 countries voting in favour of the Resolution and the respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty. The Resolution adopted by the General Assembly is clear and demanded: 

“that the Russian Federation immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders [… and…] reverse the decision related to the status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine”. 

The adoption of this Resolution is another condemnation of Russia’s unlawful use of force in the territory of Ukraine. The General Assembly’s President, Abdulla Shahid, commented to the media that the Resolution “reflects the international community’s grave concerns about the ongoing situation in Ukraine and reiterates the call for an immediate ceasefire”.  The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, described the situation as “the ticking clock is a time bomb” and stated that “as bad as the situation is for the people in Ukraine right now, it threatens to get much, much worse”. 

Since the 24th of February 2022, the Russian Federation has not ceased its unlawful use of force on the sovereign territory of Ukraine. Despite Russia being in complete breach of international law and the international calls for Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine, Russian military troops are still advancing within Ukraine. 

Sources and further reading:

United Nations. (2022, March 2). General Assembly Resolution Demands End to Russian Offensive in Ukraine. UN News. Retrieved March 3, 2022, from https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113152

Secretary-General of the United Nations. (2022, March 2). Secretary-General's Press Remarks Following Vote of General Assembly on Ukraine. United Nations. Retrieved March 3, 2022, from https://www.un.org/sg/en/node/262163

Al-Jazeera. (2022, March 3). UN Resolution Against Ukraine Invasion: Full Text. Al-Jazeera. Retrieved March 3, 2022, from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/3/unga-resolution-against-ukraine-invasion-full-text