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UN General Assembly calls for Russia to pay reparations to Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly has called for Russia to give reparations to Ukraine over its conduct during the ongoing war.

The resolution – which was endorsed by 94 of the assembly’s 193 members – was made on Monday, and said that Russia “must bear the legal consequences of all of its internationally wrongful acts, including making reparation for the injury, including any damage, caused by such acts.”

14 countries opposed the resolution, including Russia, China and Iran. 73 countries abstained, including Brazil, India and South Africa, Reuters reports.

While such resolutions are not legally binding, they have certain political implications, with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenksy saying it was “important.” The call recommends that UN member states should work together with Ukraine to gather evidence against Russia.

“The reparations that Russia will have to pay for what it has done are now part of the international legal reality,” Zelenskiy said, addressing his country.

In addition, Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya said that Russia would have to help “rebuild” Ukraine after the damage caused by the conflict.

“Ukraine will have the daunting 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,” he said.

However, Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said that the resolution was “legally null and void.”

“The West is trying to draw out and worsen the conflict and plans to use Russian money for it,” he said.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who now serves as the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, also reacted to the news, saying that “the Anglo-Saxons are clearly trying to scrape together a legal basis for the illegal seizure of Russian assets.”

To date, Ireland has taken in 62,000 Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war, with more arriving weekly despite an ongoing accommodation shortage.

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