Updated Feb 27, 2022 - World

UN Security Council votes to convene rare emergency session over Ukraine


Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya is seen during the Security Council meeting on Feb. 25. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council on Sunday voted to convene a special session of the UN General Assembly on Monday to debate Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Why it matters: This will only be the 11th time since 1950 that the General Assembly convened such an emergency session.

  • Eleven of the 15 member states voted in favor while only Russia voted against — but could not exercise its veto power on the procedural motion.
  • China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstained as they did on Friday during a vote on a draft UN Security Council resolution deploring Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Eighty-seven countries — including the same 11 members of the Security Council — supported or co-sponsored the resolution though Russia used its veto to block it.

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