The United Nations General Assembly voted 141 to 5 on Wednesday in favor of a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The vote on the nonbinding resolution, which demands an immediate halt to the Russian offensive, comes as Russian forces continue their deadly assault in key Ukrainian cities, prompting some local leaders to warn that their cities were near the breaking point. Russian tanks entered the Black Sea port of Kherson, where the mayor said the city, reportedly without water after hours of attack, was “waiting for a miracle” to stay out of enemy hands.


As Russia faced stiff resistance from Ukrainian military and civilian defenders throughout the country, the capital, Kyiv, endured overnight attacks, according to military analysts. A massive convoy of Russian tanks and combat vehicles remained stalled about 20 miles north of the city’s center as the invading force grappled with fuel and food shortages. As militia forces set up roadblocks of branches, tires, concrete blocks and old cars, the city’s mayor warned residents on Telegram that forces were coming “closer and closer to the capital.”


As the fighting raged in Ukrainian streets, President Biden told reporters Wednesday that it’s “clear” Russian forces are deliberately targeting civilian areas in Ukraine. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin “badly miscalculated” when he “sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways.”


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