[JURIST] Residents of the Crimea region on Sunday began voting in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. The referendum has been condemned as illegal by the US and other European countries. On Saturday, Russia vetoed [UN News Centre report] a UN Security Council motion declaring the Crimea referendum invalid. The UN resolution was backed by 13 members, with China abstaining from voting before it was vetoed by Russia. If Crimea passes the referendum, Russia will...

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