Maidan Community Sector, Lviv Information Digest
March 17, 2014
Russia has carried out an act of aggression towards Ukraine. Russian troops have entered Crimea. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet another viewpoint regarding this conflict. We will do our best to remain fair and objective.
March 17 – Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Crimea adopted a decree “On the Independence of Crimea”. The decree declares that Crimea is an independent sovereign state. Crimea’s Supreme Council also asked that “Russia accepts Crimea as a new constituent of Russian Federation in the capacity of Republic”.
March 17 – Supreme Council of Ukraine approved the decree proposed by the acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov on partial mobilization. Armed Forces of Ukraine are on war alert. Partial mobilization will enlist 20 thousand people in the Armed Forces and 20 thousand people in the National Guards.
March 17 – Russian servicemen are forcing Ukrainian border guards out of their apartments in Crimea. Ukrainian garrisons remain in Crimea.
March 17 – Russia’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs listed what they expect from Ukraine: acknowledging Crimea’s annexation, federalization of Ukraine, adopting Russian language as an official language in Ukraine. Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs demands that first Russia should withdraw its military units and then advises Ukraine on what to do. Ukraine is developing a Law of Ukraine on Crimea as an occupied territory.
March 17 – According to “data”, 123% of Sevastopol residents voted for Crimea to join Russian Federation. According to data of the Department of Statistics, there are 383 499 permanent residents in Sevastopol, whereas 474 137 residents voted for joining Russia. It becomes evident that children, mentally ill and dead have also voted.
March 17 – Ukraine has recalled its Ambassador in Russian Federation Volodymyr Yelchenko.
March 17 – The US is implementing sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian politicians in connection with Crimea’s “referendum”. Respective decision was made by the US President Barack Obama.
March 17 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree “On Recognizing the Republic of Crimea”, according to which Crimea is recognized as an independent state.
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