Ukraine parliament delivers ultimatum to Crimea over referendum
Ukraine’s parliament has warned the regional assembly in Crimea that it faces dissolution unless it cancels a referendum it has called to join the region to Russia.
A resolution, supported by a parliamentary vote, gave the Crimean parliament until Wednesday to call off the referendum, due to take place on Sunday.
The Crimean parliament on Tuesday passed a motion stating that it would become independent in the event of a yes vote and then seek to join the Russian Federation, arguing that “the unilateral declaration of independence of part of a state does not violate any international laws”. Increasing their isolation from Kiev, the pro-Russian authorities have closed Crimea’s airspace to commercial flights. Read more
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