Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned and invalidated its "full-scale unlawful invasion of Ukraine" and illegal attempts to annex four regions through heavily stage-managed referendums.
The move showed Russia's isolation on the world stage: Ten of the 15-nation council's members voted on Friday for the resolution, sponsored by the United States and Albania, that would have demanded an immediate halt to the war and unconditional withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukraine. Even China did not side with Russia, instead choosing to abstain along with Brazil, Gabon and India.
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