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Explosion in Kyiv on 24 February 2022 (Picture: UKRAINE PRESIDENTS OFFICE VIA ZUMA PRESS / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO).
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Map shows which countries backed Russia in its attack on Ukraine

Five countries voted in favour and 12 did not vote at all.

Image ID 2HR2AHY Explosion in Kyiv Thursday. Russia bombing borders of Ukraine with Poland act same time 240222 CREDIT UKRAINE PRESIDENTS OFFICE VIA ZUMA PRESS, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO.jpeg
Explosion in Kyiv on 24 February 2022 (Picture: UKRAINE PRESIDENTS OFFICE VIA ZUMA PRESS / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO).

The largest military attack in Europe since the end of the Second World War has seen one million people flee Ukraine amid a brutal bombing campaign but which countries have shown their support to Russia and which have declared allegiance to Ukraine?

In a rare emergency UN Security Council session on March 2, 2022, 141 countries voted to reprimand Russia for its violent attack on its neighbour but four voted in favour.

The following colour-coded map shows the stance of countries around the world over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

MAP which countries support Russia according to the United Nations General Assembly vote on 2nd March 2022 Credit BFBS

In response to reports of attacks by Russian armed forces on homes, schools and hospitals and many more locations which have led to civilian casualties and Ukrainian citizens fleeing their homeland, The United Nations General Assembly expressed its grave concern and stated in a resolution that it: "Deplores in the strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine" and "demands that the Russian Federation immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine". 

It went on to demand that "the Russian Federation immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders."

What are the results of the General Assembly vote?

Of the 193 United Nations General Assembly members, 141 (including the UK, US, Australia, Germany, France etc) voted against Russia, 35 (including China and India) abstained from voting and 12 did not vote.

Four countries voted to back Vladimir Putin's brutal invasion of the democratic country of Ukraine.

Close ally of Russia, Belarus joined Eritrea in East Africa, North Korea and Syria and unsurprisingly Russia in voting against the resolution.

All NATO countries voted against Russia's actions.

China abstained from voting because it refuses to take part in Western sanctions against Moscow.

Meanwhile, Mathu Joyini, representative of South Africa to the United Nations, said her country would not vote because "the resolution we have considered today does not create an environment conducive for diplomacy, dialogue, and mediation".

Venezuela, one of the countries that did not vote, has lost the right to do so due to unpaid UN membership financial contributions as explained by the United Nations: "Under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations, a Member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly."

The result of the vote has been seen as a symbolic victory for Ukraine, leaving Russia more and more isolated from the rest of the world.

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General had this to say after the General Assembly vote on Ukraine: "The message of the General Assembly is loud and clear: end hostilities in Ukraine — now; silence the guns — now; open the door to dialogue and diplomacy — now."

Responding to the vote results, Boris Johnson said in a statement on the vote at the UN General Assembly: "Rarely has the contrast between right and wrong been so stark. 

"We are united in our abhorrence to the evil actions of Putin's regime and stand side-by-side on the international stage as we deplore its aggression in the strongest possible terms." 

Which 35 countries abstained from voting?  

  • Algeria 
  • Angola 
  • Armenia 
  • Bangladesh 
  • Bolivia 
  • Burundi 
  • Central African Republic 
  • China 
  • Congo 
  • Cuba 
  • El Salvador 
  • Equatorial Guinea 
  • India 
  • Iran 
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan 
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos 
  • Madagascar 
  • Mali 
  • Mongolia 
  • Mozambique 
  • Namibia 
  • Nicaragua 
  • Pakistan 
  • Senegal 
  • South Africa 
  • South Sudan 
  • Sri Lanka 
  • Sudan 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Tanzania 
  • Uganda 
  • Vietnam 
  • Zimbabwe 

Which 12 countries did not vote?  

  • Azerbaijan 
  • Burkina Faso 
  • Cameroon 
  • Eswatini 
  • Ethiopia 
  • Guinea 
  • Guinea-Bissau 
  • Morocco 
  • Togo 
  • Turkmenistan 
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Venezuela

Which countries are in NATO? 

  • Albania 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Canada 
  • Croatia 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark 
  • Estonia 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Italy 
  • Latvia 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Montenegro 
  • Netherlands 
  • North Macedonia 
  • Norway 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Spain 
  • Turkey 
  • United Kingdom 
  • United States