Russia, China, Others Snub U.N. Meeting on Crimea Human Rights

Diplomats say Russia, China, Venezuela and Angola snubbed an informal United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday on human rights in Crimea a year after Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine. Russia's parliament approved the annexation of Crimea on March 21st last year after Russian forces took control of the peninsula, which is home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, and residents backed joining the Russian Federation in a referendum. The United Nations says fighting between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government troops in eastern Ukraine has killed more than six-thousand people and displaced more than one million people.