Russia requests UN vote on condemning annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories be secret

Russia's UN. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia
Russia's UN. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia

Read also: Russian "referenda" in occupied parts of Ukraine have no legal value, UN Secretary-General says

The vote concerns a UN General Assembly resolution that condemns Russia's sham referendums and its "attempted illegal annexation" of Ukrainian territories.

Read also: Ukraine requests urgent UN Security Council meeting over sham referendums

"This is a clearly politicized and provocative development aimed at deepening the divide in the General Assembly and bring its membership further apart," Russia's UN. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia wrote in a letter to the UN.

He insisted that a secret ballot was imperative because Western lobbying may cause “difficulties” if positions are expressed publicly.

Read also: Ukraine calls on allies to declare Russia a terrorist state in response to annexation of Ukrainian land

Diplomats said the General Assembly would likely have to vote publicly on whether to hold a secret ballot.

On Sept. 27, Russian occupiers announced the "results" of sham referendums staged in the occupied territories of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. The results, which had been prepared beforehand, showed invented figures of nearly or over 90% “support” for annexation. These figures are false.

Read also: Turkey condemns Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory

On Sept. 30, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered the Donbas puppet authorities, as well as collaborators in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, to sign papers agreeing to this claimed annexation.

On Oct. 4, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy implemented a National Security and Defense Council decision that renders negotiations with Putin impossible, though he stated that Ukraine is ready to negotiate with Putin’s successor. The Ukrainian president also officially recognized Putin's decrees on the annexation of Ukrainian territories as null and void.

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine