One day before Crimea holds a referendum to leave Ukraine and join Russia, the Russians vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to affirm Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.”
Russia cast the sole vote against the resolution. Even China, which normally supports Russia at the Security Council, did not support the Russian position on Crimea and abstained from voting.
Thirteen of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor of the resolution: United States, Britain, France, Argentina, Australia, Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nigeria, South Korea and Rwanda.
Photo credit: Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, casting the sole negative vote against Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. (Twitter)