Den regionale forsamlingen på Krim har bestemt at det skal holdes folkeavstemning om halvøya skal bli en del av Russland. Resultatet er temmelig opplagt.
Forsamlingen har hastverk: avstemningen skal holdes allerede 16. mars.
Crimean lawmakers in Ukraine will hold a referendum on March 16 to decide whether Crimea should become part of Russia, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press reports that the parliament in Crimea voted 78 with eight abstentions in favor of holding the referendum.
“This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev,” Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the Crimean legislature, told the Associated Press on Thursday. “We will decide our future ourselves.”
Regjeringen i Kiev godtar ikke en avstemning på slike premisser. Økonomiminister Pavel Sheremeta sier en slik avstemning vil være lovstridig.
Also, the Associated Press reports that the new leader of Ukraine’s Crimea region says pro-Russian forces control all access to the strategic peninsula and have blockaded all Ukrainian military bases that have not yet surrendered.
Sergei Aksyonov told the Associated Press that riot police and security forces have been joined by 11,000 self-defense troops. All or most of these troops are believed to be Russian, even though the Russian president and defense minister have denied sending in troops, the Associated Press reports.
Crimea’s newly appointed pro-Russian regional prime minister, whose legitimacy has been questioned because he was installed after masked gunmen seized the Crimean parliament, said his administration was not speaking with the national government in Kiev.
“We don’t consider this government that proposes talks to us to be legitimate; that is the main issue,” Sergei Aksyonov told a Latvian radio station.