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It was arguably the ultimate illustration of U.N. powerlessness: an emergency Security Council meeting designed to avoid war, rendered redundant by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine just minutes after the late-night session began.

As U.N. chief Antonio Guterres and member state after member state on the 15-country council urged Vladimir Putin to step back from the brink, the Russian leader was already sending his troops across the border.

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