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Crimean Parliament Approves Declaration of Independence



by Joseph Earnest  March 11, 2014


Newscast Media SEVASTOPOL—Pro-Russia lawmakers in the parliament of Crimea, which is now occupied by Russian forces, have approved a declaration on the republic's independence—a precursor to a referendum on the region becoming part of Russia.

The lawmakers announced that the March 11 adoption of the declaration is a technical step ahead of a referendum on March 16 that will ask voters whether Crimea should join Russia.

"If Crimean residents vote for the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia as a constituent entity, Crimea will be declared an independent republic after the referendum," the declaration says.

Seventy-eight of the 81 lawmakers present voted in favor of the declaration.
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 Source: Radio Free Europe


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