One of the many reasons the UN is useless is because of the Security Council veto. The US, UK, France, Russia, and China can effectively kill any UN international action with a flick of the wrist. That makes the body generally subservient to Russian and Chinese goals, as they have had the most to lose from united global action against aggression.
In Ukraine the UN could be of use to bring greater pressure upon the Russian aggressor. But any measure would be vetoed by Ivan, the Chicoms, and maybe the French. This stranglehold must end. The UN veto must go.
UN once again proves useless. Numerous meetings called to condemn Russia for invading Ukraine have resulted in no action due to a Russian veto. This expensive over populated body seems to be only good at taking up space and offering diplomatic immunity for parking tickets in NYC.
— Paddywagoneer (@AGoodJake4sure) March 22, 2022
FNC: “The United Nations Security Council has convened almost a dozen meetings on Ukraine since late January, six of those coming since the brutal Russian invasion began last month. The resulting meetings seeking to condemn Russia’s invasion, calling for a cease-fire and humanitarian corridors, have achieved almost nothing – because Russia, as one of five permanent members of the 15-member body, has veto power and so far has used that veto to halt any action against it.
The United Nations was formed after World War II with the aim of halting future wars, but as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns the world about a new world war, the Security Council is being used by Russia to deflect any meaningful action against it. And it seems that even the United Nations secretary-general is frustrated by the inaction.”
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, comments, “The complicating factor to put an end to this crisis is the division within the Security Council. As we have seen before, whenever the Security Council is divided, whenever especially the five permanent members of the Security Council are divided, it just makes achieving peace that much more complicated.”
Kelly Craft, who was the United States UN ambassador from 2019-2021, told press that the Security Council has punted in Ukraine. “While the U.N. Security Council can reach majority opinion and sometimes consensus on pressing international issues, there are glaring times when it is a complete failure. This is one such case,” said Craft. “With Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the council, there is no way to avoid Moscow blocking a resolution that would condemn Russian aggression and support a ceasefire that would end to this horrific war.
“The basic truth is that meaningful UN action on a geopolitical front is woefully inadequate in putting an end to this conflict. This underscores the limitations of the United Nations as an international body to address the perils of our times.”