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Tense Crimea Chooses Whether to Leave Ukraine for Russia

World  (tags: Crimea, Russia, vote, 1992 constitution, journalists, soldiers )

- 1861 days ago -
Ethnic Tatars, Sunni Muslims of Turkic origin who make up 12 percent of Crimea's population, said they would boycott the referendum, despite promises by the authorities to give them financial aid and proper land rights.


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Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 6:12 am
Story By Aleksandar Vasovic and Mike Collett-White of Reuters
Photo: Election commission official installs Crimean flag during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in Simferopol

Nancy C (806)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 6:13 am
Kiev and Western governments have declared the referendum illegal, but have been powerless to stop it.

Voters have two options to choose from - but both imply Russian control of the peninsula.

On the surface, the second choice appears to offer the prospect of Crimea remaining with Ukraine.

However, the 1992 constitution which it cites foresees giving the region effective independence within Ukraine, but with the right to determine its own path and choose relations with whom it wants - including with Russia.

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 4:39 pm
I hope the USA dosen't get more involved than we allredy are. I don't feel that we have a real friend in this conflict.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday March 17, 2014, 9:49 pm
Oh, did they have a choice?

I don't think so.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:19 pm
I am thinking that the people of the Ukraine went with a vote to join Russia, as they do not feel safe otherwise.
Thank You Nancy.
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