Ukraine predicts 'yes' vote in UN assembly calling Russia's annexation of Crimea illegal

Ukraine is predicting that the U.N. General Assembly will adopt a resolution Thursday reaffirming the country's territorial integrity and calling the referendum that led to Crimea's annexation by Russia illegal.

Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said in an interview Wednesday with the Associated Press that the resolution has "several dozen" co-sponsors and support from democratic countries — but he wouldn't predict the size of the "yes" vote.

Russia has mounted a campaign against the resolution, claiming the dispute is an east-west issue. Sergeyev said he has been explaining to regional groups that Russia violated the U.N. Charter and Ukraine is not a member of any bloc.

Unlike Security Council resolutions, resolutions in the 193-member General Assembly cannot be vetoed and are not legally binding, though they do reflect world opinion.