UN General Assembly demands Russia stop the war in Ukraine

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The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on Wednesday demanding that Russia immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. 

It demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.” 

The resolution was sponsored by more than 90 countries and needed a two-thirds majority in the Assembly to pass.   

Five countries – Belarus, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (more commonly known as North Korea), Eritrea, Russia and Syria – voted against it, while 35 abstained. 

The voting capped off a rare special emergency session of the General Assembly that began on Monday, during which countries took to the podium to declare their positions on the crisis, now entering a second week. 

“The world wants an end to the tremendous human suffering in Ukraine. I will continue to do everything in my power to contribute to an immediate cessation of hostilities and urgent negotiations for peace.” said the UN Secretary General António Guterres.