UN approves document that says Russia must pay reparations to Ukraine

Um edifício danificado em Mykolaiv, Ucrânia, 01 de novembro de 2022
A damaged building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, November

The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) approved a resolution this Monday (), in which Russia will be held accountable for all violations of Ukraine’s international law and pay compensation for damages caused in the war. The text was pushed by Ukraine and its allies and approved with 66 votes to please, against and 73 abstentions.

The text recommends the creation of an international registry of damages to document the losses suffered by Ukraine, citizens and businesses. “Ukraine will have the enormous task of rebuilding the country and recovering from this war, but that recovery will never be complete without a sense of justice for the victims of the Russian war. It is time to hold Russia accountable,” said Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy. Kyslytsya, in introducing the resolution.

Russia objected to the document with thirteen other countries, such as China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea and Nicaragua. Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya criticized the initiative and said it was an attempt to “illegal expropriation of sovereign assets”. The Ukrainian government stressed that it sees reparation for the war as a basic condition for negotiating peace with Russia. “This resolution will bring us closer to this objective”, stressed the Ukrainian ambassador.

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