UN chief "deeply disappointed" by referendum in Crimea

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply disappointed and concerned by a decision by the Ukrainian region of Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

A referendum which was held in Crimea on Sunday to decide the future of the region, was described as illegal by much of the international community.

The UN Security Council debated a draft resolution a day ahead of the vote which reaffirmed Ukraine’s "sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity."

The resolution was not adopted after Russia used its veto as one of the five permanent members of the Council.

Stephane Dujarric is the Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed and concerned that the Crimea referendum will only exacerbate this situation. He encourages all parties to work for a solution that is guided by the principles of the United Nations Charter, including respecting Ukraine’s unity and sovereignty. He condemns the violence which occurred over the weekend in Eastern Ukraine and which resulted in injuries and loss of life on all sides."

Ukraine’s permanent representative to the UN, Yuriy Sergeyev told the Council that Russian paratroopers and other forces had landed on Ukraine’s mainland.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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