U.N. General Assembly declares Crimea vote invalid

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum earlier this month on seceding from Ukraine, Reuters reports.

There were 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation assembly. Two dozen countries did not participate in the vote, either because they did not show up or because they have not paid their dues, U.N. diplomats said.

The resolution, which does not mention Russia by name, says the General Assembly “calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status” of Crimea and Sevastopol.

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