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US national security team briefs Obama on Ukraine

AFP | Last Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 03:48

Washington: The White House says President Barack Obama is getting regular updates on the situation in Ukraine.

Obama`s national security team is discussing Ukraine at a White House meeting today, the eve of a vote on whether Ukraine`s Russia-leaning Crimea region should secede and seek annexation by Moscow.

Obama and the leaders of other Western nations have denounced the vote as illegal and say they won`t recognise the results.

Earlier today at the United Nations, Russia vetoed a US-sponsored resolution declaring Sunday`s referendum illegal.

Crimea became a flashpoint after Ukraine`s pro-Russia president fled the country last month after months of anti-government protests.

Russia refuses to recognise Ukraine`s new government and has effectively taken control of the Crimea region.

First Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 03:48

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