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African states divided on UN vote against Russia

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Thirty African countries voted in favour of a UN resolution rejecting Moscow’s contentious referendums in four Ukrainian regions that it declared part of Russia.

Nineteen countries abstained, including Eritrea that had previously voted to reject a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mali, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe also abstained.

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Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome were absent from the UN General Assembly during the vote.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba toured Africa to counter Russia’s apparent hold on the continent and persuade leaders to support Kyiv.

He cut the visit short after Russia intensified the bombardment of Ukraine.

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