NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — It appears nothing will stop a controversial referendum in Crimea, Ukraine.
The United Nations Security Council voted on a resolution to block the referendum set for Sunday in which Crimea’s citizens will vote on whether they want to become part of Russia.
Russia was the only country to veto the proposal, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported.
The move was expected, but still drew immediate criticism, especially from U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power.
“Russia — isolated, alone, and wrong — blocked the resolution’s passage, just as it has blocked Ukrainian ships and international observers,” Power said.
Protesters on both sides of the issue took to the streets for their cause, not only in Crimea, but in Russia as well, Hsu reported.
Meanwhile, Rep. Carolyn Maloney led a rally on Governors Island in support of Ukraine’s freedom.