India abstains, Russia vetoes on draft UNSC resolution condemning ‘illegal referenda’ and annexation of four Ukrainian territories

India abstained on a draft resolution tabled in the UN Security Council by the US and Albania that condemns Russia’s “illegal referenda” and annexation of four Ukrainian territories and requires that Moscow withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately. The resolution failed to get adopted as Russia vetoed it.

Ukraine accelerates Nato bid as Russia annexes seized areas

Ukraine’s president says his country is submitting an “accelerated” application to join the NATO military alliance. The comment Friday by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came just after Russia said it would annex four region of Ukraine it seized amid its war and held gunpoint referendums viewed as illegitimate by the international community.