Ukraine crisis: UN rejects Russian annexation of Crimea
Published on Mar 28, 2014 2:12 AM
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.
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