UNSC rejects resolution that condemns Ukraine referendums

A woman stands in front of a damaged house, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, on Sept 12, 2022. (JUAN BARRETO / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to adopt a draft resolution, which "condemns" the referendums held in four Ukrainian regions under Russian control from Sept 23 to 27.

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The draft resolution titled "Illegal So-Called Referenda in Ukraine," prepared by Albania and the United States, was vetoed by Russia, one of the five permanent members of the council.

Of the 15-nation council, 10 nations, including the United States, France and Britain, voted in favor of the draft, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained from voting.

A ceremony was held on Friday for the signing of treaties to incorporate Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson into the Russian Federation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the event, which took place in the Kremlin.