Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
News
 

Ukraine crisis: UN rejects Russian annexation of Crimea

Published on Mar 28, 2014 2:12 AM
 
Russian soldiers stand near a tank outside a former Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean capital Simferopol on March 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea's breakaway referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognize Russia's annexation of the peninsula.

The non-binding resolution passed with a comfortable majority in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favor and 11 votes against. But 58 abstained and more than 20 did not vote.

Ukraine, which drafted the resolution, welcomed the adoption of the resolution and called for a "stronger and more concrete" united, international front against Russian aggression.

"I'm very much satisfied with the vote...(an) overwhelming majority of nations in the world supported this resolution," acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here