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REFERENDUM SPLITS CRIMEA FROM UKRAINE
The Russian Parliament could organize a vote on Crimea’s annexation five days after the referendum on the pro-Russian region. The proposal was approved today by the parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Legislation and should be discussed in the Duma, next Tuesday. A decision that risks to inflame further the tension with US and EU that approved yesterday a first set of sanctions against Moscow.
The Russian Foreign Ministry warned today that they intend to respond to EU “nonconstructive” sanctions, “Russia will not accept such language of sanctions and threats, but, in the event of their implementation in practice they will not be left without a response”,
Earlier, Russia has allegedly decided to break off diplomatic relations with Ukraine, according sources quoted by the Ukrainian news agency Unian. The agency reports that the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin announced the decision. “Moscow does not recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian power, that is why we decided to break off diplomatic relations with Ukraine”,
Russia’s upper house of the Parliament supported Crimea’s parliamentary right to hold a referendum on the region’s future status.
Foreign ministers from central Europe, the Baltics and Nordics condemned on Friday Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and a planned referendum planned by Crimea’s government, calling for the EU to send an observation mission to Kiev. “Nordic and Baltic countries and the Visegrad countries’ foreign ministers condemned today … the attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and also condemned the illegal referendum on the joining of Crimea with Russia,” the ministers said in joint statement from the meeting.
A QUESTION OF ANNEXATION OR AUTONOMY
It is uncertain if the referendum by Crimean Government is in the interest of annexing from Ukraine and joining Russia, or if the region is seeking independence and self-governance (autonomy).
RUSSIAN AIR FORCE
(7-3-14) Russian servicemen are preparing to install air defense systems on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
“According to the Ministry of Defense and law enforcement agencies, during last 24 hours the situation in the Crimea was characterized by further enforcement of the military alignments of Russian Armed Forces on the Crimean territory and by Russian troops preparing to install air defense systems on the peninsula territory, which includes the use of air defense missile battalions of Ukrainian Armed Forces that are being planned to be taken over [by Russians],” Perebyinis said during the briefing on Friday.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
With journalists, activists and peaceful protestors facing increasing harassment and intimidation in Crimea, there is an urgent need for a strong international monitoring mission in Ukraine, said Amnesty International.
It is calling for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to urgently establish a strong international monitoring mission in the country.
“Attempting to monitor the human rights situation in Crimea has become a near impossible task. Self-styled Crimean self-defence groups are harassing pro-Ukrainian protestors, journalists and human rights monitors with complete impunity,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International.
Members of the OSCE, journalists and other human rights groups are being denied entry into the Crimean area or forced to desert plans because of security risks posed by radical protestors.
“The OSCE must quickly establish a strong monitoring mission and enjoy unimpeded access to all parts of Ukraine – including Crimea, which remains on a knife edge and where tensions are still high. Russia should welcome, not block this initiative,” said John Dalhuisen.
Peaceful protesters who attempt to express their support for the unity of Ukraine and opposition to Russian military presence in the Crimean peninsula face intimidation from pro-Russian activists.
There is a severe lack of protective services in the area to protect the peaceful protestors or journalists, and when there are a small number present, they are either unequipped to combat the pro-Russian groups or unwilling to intervene, causing serious doubts as to their legitimacy or for the safety of civilians still presiding in Crimea.
[M]en attacked a journalist from “News of the Week – Crimea” as he tried to film an event. They pushed him into the road and threatened to beat him. Crimean police officers who were standing about 30 metres away did not react to the incident.
Amnesty International is calling on the de facto Crimean authorities, Russian forces and the new Ukrainian authorities to ensure that everyone with a stake in the future of Ukraine and its regions is able to express their views peacefully.
DUMA CONSIDERS REFERENDUM OF CRIMEA
A bill for the annexation of the autonomous region of crimea could potentially be read in the Duma parliament on March 21.
The Speaker of Crimea’s parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, pledged to do everything possible for Ukraine to reunite with Russia.
Ukraine “is part of the united Russian world. After we solve Crimea’s problem (I’m sure we will solve it) we must exert maximum effort not just to protect ethnic Russians.”
“In general, all citizens of Ukraine – Russians and Ukrainians should be protected from Nazism and from the West’s pressure that imposes its ideology,” Konstantinov said.
“I believe that Ukraine’s present power will collapse. The power will have serious contradictions within the year. Today instead of making Ukraine a united state it does not hear the interests of Ukraine’s south-east,”
The chamber’s deputy speaker and United Russia faction leader, Vladimir Vasilyev, for his part, said at the meeting that the State Duma resolutely supports the Crimean population in this difficult time
Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who also attended the meeting with the Crimean delegation, said that millions of Russian citizens were pleased to hear news of the Crimean Parliament’s decisions.
“I would like to assure you that everything will happen just the way the people of Crimea want it to happen.You should stand firm. You should have no doubts,” he said.
“People will carry you on their shoulders. Your names will create a new chapter in the history of Crimea,” Zhirinovsky said.
GERMANY WARNS RUSSIA ABOUT CRIMEAN ANNEXATION
German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and his Czech counterpart warned Russia against annexing Crimea, saying the global community of nations would vehemently condemn any such move. (8-3-14)
Any sanctions against Russia will be carefully considered and not automatic, in the case of the annexation taking place, says Steinmeier.
Steinmeier also made a statement explaining that the European Council is in a difficult situation, where escalation (sanctions) purely for escalations sake is not the answer to such an issue and does not reflect European policy, instead, their policy is to seek ways to keep the Ukraine together and not fall into civil war or economic tragedy.
Warnings were made by Seinmeier that if Russia did not relent on the situation in Crimea, especially if the annexation were to take place, tougher measures to punish Russia could follow.
A poll conducted on Germans on the trust levels of Russian leadership reveals that the status of reputation is at an all time low, with only 15% responding that they trust the Russian leaders, and only 8% responded that they believed Vladimir Putin was a democratic politician.