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UN resolution on Ukraine faces vote Saturday

March 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is meeting Saturday to vote on a resolution on the Ukraine crisis, but permanent member Russia is virtually certain to veto it.

The Luxembourg mission to the U.N. tweeted Friday that the council will meet Saturday morning. Luxembourg currently holds the council presidency.

The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, urges all parties “to pursue immediately the peaceful resolution of this dispute through direct political dialogue.”

It says Ukraine has not authorized Sunday’s referendum in Crimea on whether to become part of Russia, and “declares that this referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea.”

Western powers hope that China, which usually supports Russia, will abstain rather than join Russia in vetoing the resolution.

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