Ukraine-russia War Live Updates: India Abstains from UNGA Vote on Russia’s ‘Illegal Annexation’ of Ukraine, Biden Hails Resolution as ‘Clear Message’ to Moscow

“We have consistently advocated that no solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives. Escalation of hostilities and violence is in no one’s interest. We have urged that all efforts be made for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an urgent return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy,” India said in a statement explaining the abstinence of vote.

The resolution “condemns the organisation by the Russian Federation of so-called referendums within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine” and “the attempted illegal annexation” announced last month of four regions by President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile on the ground, Ukraine says it liberated 5 villages as southern advance continues even as top US general says US and allies need to help Ukraine build comprehensive missile defense system.

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