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Samantha Power says Russia cannot change "destiny of the Ukrainian people"

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:03

March 15 - Following a veto by Russia on a Ukraine resolution at the U.N., U.S. Ambassador Power says Russia ''cannot change the aspirations and destiny of the Ukrainian people.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russia on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that declares a planned referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it. "Russia has used its veto as an accomplice to unlawful military incursion intervention," Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote by the 15-member Security Council. The Russian veto of the draft resolution, drawn up by the United States, was expected. Moscow, which has sent military forces to the Crimea, is backing Sunday's referendum, which would transfer control of the region from Ukraine to Russia. Thirteen countries voted in favor, Russia against and China abstained. Russia and China are among the Security Council's five permanent, veto-holding members. The brief resolution noted that the referendum was not backed by the Ukrainian government in Kiev. Sunday's vote, dismissed by Kiev as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, and ratcheted up tensions not only in Crimea but also eastern Ukraine, where two people were killed in clashes late on Friday.

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Samantha Power says Russia cannot change "destiny of the Ukrainian people"

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:03