The Undersecretary General of the UN for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarloassured this Tuesday before the Security Council that the referendums held in eastern Ukraine by Russia “they cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will.”
“Unilateral actions intended to provide an appearance of legitimacy to the attempted acquisition (…) of another State by a State (…) cannot be considered legal under International Law,” he stated. DiCarloaccording to a statement released by the Secretariat for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding of the UN.
DiCarlo assured that voters participated in the referendum after the Russian authorities in the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia accompanied them at gunpoint to the electoral colleges.
These exercises, which have been carried out during an “active armed conflict” in areas of Ukraine under Russian control and “outside the legal and constitutional framework of Ukraine, they cannot be called a genuine expression of the popular will,” stressed the undersecretary.
DiCarlo reproached Russia his rhetoricinconsistent” in relation to the declaration on the prevention of a nuclear war of the five states signed on January 3, 2022.
“Allow me to reiterate the Secretary-General’s call Antonio Guterres to all states with nuclear weapons, including Russia, to recommit to the non-use and progressive elimination of nuclear weapons,” he said.
In this regard, he pointed out that the UN remains “deeply concerned” by reports of continued attacks near the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia and urged the fighters to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).
“It is imperative that all attacks on nuclear facilities end and that the purely civilian character of such plants be restored,” he stressed. DiCarlo.
The results released this Tuesday by the Russian Election Commission on the referendums, with the counts already completed in most cases, show support in the four territories, especially in Donetskwhere 98.7 percent is reached, as reported by the news agency TASS.
In Lugansk the “yes” harvested 97.93 percent; in Zaporizhzhia, 97.81 percent; while the region of Jersón has been the one in which the least support has been obtained by the adherence to Russiaalthough the votes in favor have been notably higher, with 96.75 percent.
The Ukrainian authorities and the Western governments do not grant any validity to the referendums, while Moscow intends to use them to legitimize its occupation, as it did in 2014 with the peninsula of crimea. The Kremlin has already made it clear that the hypothetical annexation of the four territories would be quick.
(With information from Europe Press)
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