Ukraine war: UN overwhelmingly condemns invasion as Russia and Ukraine dispute who controls Kherson

A damaged car sits at the central square following shelling of the City Hall building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022.
A damaged car sits at the central square following shelling of the City Hall building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. Copyright AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy
By Alasdair SandfordAleksandar Brezar with AP, AFP
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Putin's forces have intensifed bombardments of Ukraine's towns and cities including Kharkiv. The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to demand Russia's withdrawal.

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The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded an immediate halt to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The vote on the resolution, entitled “Aggression against Ukraine,” was 141-5 with 35 abstentions. Russia got support for its appeal to vote against the resolution only from Belarus, Syria, North Korea and Eritrea while China and India abstained, as expected.

The vote came after a day of intense bombardment across Ukraine as Vladimir Putin's forces try to break the country's resistance. 

The second city Kharkiv has come under sustained attack, and there has been a concerted effort by the Russians to take towns and cities in the south.

Ukraine's emergency service has said more than 2,000 civilians have been killed since the invasion began, a claim that cannot be verified.

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