Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014.
Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. Shamil Zhumatov—Reuters

UN General Assembly: Crimea Referendum Was Illegal

Mar 27, 2014

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday saying the referendum that opened the door to Russia’s annexation of Crimea was illegal, the Associated Press reports.

The non-binding UN document passed with 100 members in favor, 11 opposed and 58 abstentions, sending a strong signal that the vote lacked international support.

The Ukrainian-sponsored resolution, which also affirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity, was similar to a document Russia vetoed in the United Nations Security Council earlier this month. There is no veto in the General Assembly.

[AP]

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