| 2 December 2022, Friday |

U.S. to propose UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia over referendums in Ukraine

According to a U.S. official, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will submit a resolution before the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday criticizing Russian referendums in seized territories of Ukraine.

According to the official, the resolution, which will be tabled jointly with Albania, would call on member states not to recognize any altered status of Ukraine and will also force Russia to remove its soldiers from its neighbor.

The Russian mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia has the ability to veto such a resolution.

But Thomas-Greenfield will warn that Washington could also look to the U.N. General Assembly to send a message, the official added.

Russian-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine reported huge majorities on Tuesday in favor of becoming part of Russia after five days of voting in so-called referendums that Kyiv and the West denounced as a sham.

Ukraine urged the European Union to impose new punitive sanctions on Russia in response to the voting, which it said was carried out at gunpoint in many cases.

  • Reuters