The UN General Assembly calls for reparations by Russia to Ukraine

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UNITED NATIONS (TBEN) — The UN General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution calling on Russia to be held accountable for violating international law by invading Ukraine, including paying reparations.

The vote in the 193-member world organization was 94 to 14 with 73 abstentions. It was the lowest level of support among the five Ukraine-related resolutions passed by the General Assembly since Russia’s February 24 invasion of its smaller neighbour.

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The resolution recognizes the need to establish “an international mechanism for reparation for damage, loss or injury” resulting from Russia’s “unlawful acts” against Ukraine.

It recommends that members of the assembly, in cooperation with Ukraine, create an “international register” to document claims and information about damage, loss or injury to Ukrainians and the government caused by Russia.

Russia’s veto power on the 15-member Security Council has blocked the UN’s most powerful body from taking action since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion. But there are no vetoes in the General Assembly, which previously passed four resolutions criticizing the Russian invasion.

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Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding, but they do reflect world opinion and have shown widespread opposition to Russia’s military action.