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The U.N. General Assembly has scheduled a vote Monday on a resolution calling for Russia to be held accountable for violating international law in its invasion of Ukraine, including through reparations.

The draft resolution, which was made available to the Associated Press, recognizes the need for an international reparations mechanism to compensate for damage, loss or injury resulting from Russia's wrongdoing against Ukraine.

The document recommends that the assembly's 193 member states create, in cooperation with Ukraine, an international registry to document claims and information about damage, loss or injury to Ukrainians and the government caused by Russia.

Russia, which has veto power in the Security Council, has blocked all attempts by the most powerful UN body to take action after President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24.

But the General Assembly has no veto power, and it has already passed four resolutions condemning the Russian invasion.

Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding, but they reflect the views of the world community and have demonstrated broad opposition to Russia's military actions.

The proposed resolution was co-sponsored by Canada, Guatemala, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

General Assembly spokeswoman Pauline Kubiak said Tuesday that there would be no debate on the draft resolution, but that countries could clarify their position before or after the assembly takes action.

The draft resolution reaffirms the General Assembly's commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity and repeats the demand for Russia to immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine and withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory.

The document also expresses grave concern over the loss of life, displacement of civilians, destruction of infrastructure and natural resources, loss of state and private property and economic disasters caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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