Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Crimea's Future

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 file photo Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and French actor Gerard Depardieu, left, attend the Russian Museum, in St. Petersburg. Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who has been sparring with his native country over taxes, has been granted Russian citizenship. A brief announcement on the Kremlin website said President Vladimir Putin signed the citizenship grant on Thursday Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)
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UNITED NATIONS - Britain's U.N. Ambassador says the Security Council has sent Russia a "resounding message" that it stands isolated in the international community.

Russia today vetoed a resolution declaring tomorrow's referendum on the future of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula illegal. The veto was expected, but supporters of the U.S.-sponsored resolution put the resolution to a vote to show the strength of opposition to Moscow's takeover of Crimea.

Thirteen nations voted "yes," while China abstained in a show of Moscow's isolation.

The resolution would have reaffirmed the council's commitment to Ukraine's "sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity."