The U.N. Charter Is Working Better Than It Seems in Ukraine

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Video monitors show the result of a U.N. General Assembly vote in favor of a resolution condemning Russia’s illegal annexation of parts of Ukraine, at U.N. headquarters, Oct. 12, 2022 (AP photo by Bebeto Matthews).

Russia’s annexation of four partially occupied areas in Ukraine would appear to turn the U.N. Charter on its head, prompting some observers to wonder whether it has outlived its usefulness. In fact, however, the charter is working exactly as was envisioned, and perhaps even better than its framers hoped, for three reasons.

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