Albania and the US submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, which does not recognize the referendums of the Donetsk and Luhansk People'sRepublics, as well as of the Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions, and Russia vetoed this draft resolution, RIA Novosti reported.
During the voting, ten countries voted for this document, four—against, including Brazil and China.
The document calls Russia's actions illegal, and states that they cannot be the basis for changing the status of the aforesaid four regions.
The resolution also condemns the holding of referendums by Russia in the regions of Ukraine, within the internationally recognized borders.
All countries, international organizations, specialized structures, and those behind this draft resolution ask not to recognize the change of status of these four regions and their annexation to Russia. The document also calls on Russia to immediately withdraw its armed forces from Ukraine, writes Kommersant.
Earlier, the official signing ceremony of the agreements on the inclusion of the four aforementioned territories into Russia took place at the Kremlin.
A number of Western countries have announced that they do not recognize the results of the respective referendums, and the US and the UK have already expanded their sanctions on Russia in this regard.