The Philippines Voted to Condemn Russia's Illegal Annexation of Ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly supported Ukraine. These are the countries that didn’t. 

The Philippines, along with 142 other countries, voted in favor of an Albanian-led resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The results were 143 Member States in favor, with five voting against, and 35 abstentions. 

The countries that did not support Ukraine but supported Russia were Belarus, North Korea, Nicaragua, and Syria. Russia also voted against the resolution.

Of the 35 abstentions, a handful was from Asia: China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. 

The resolution “condemns the organization by the Russian Federation of so-called referendums within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine” and “the attempted illegal annexation” by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

The UN General Assembly demanded Russia to “immediately and unconditionally reverse” its actions on Ukraine. 

Below is the tally of countries that supported Ukraine and supported Russia. 

Photo by United Nations General Assembly.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the vote “is a powerful reminder that the overwhelming majority of nations stand with Ukraine, in defense of the UN Charter and in resolute opposition to Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine and its people… With very few nations voting with Russia today, it is clear that international unity on this question is resolute and support for Ukraine at the UN and beyond is unwavering.”


Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the countries that stood up for Ukraine. 

“(We are) grateful to the 143 states that supported historic UNGA resolution, “Territorial integrity of Ukraine: defending the principles of the UN Charter.” The world had its say—Russia’s attempt at annexation is worthless and will never be recognized by free nations. Ukraine will return all its lands.”

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