3 March, 22:58

Kherson, Nikolaev and Odessa declare their desire to join Crimea - official

Kherson, Nikolaev and Odessa declare their desire to join Crimea - official

Representatives of Kherson, Nikolaev and Odessa appeal to the leadership of the Crimea, expressing their desire to be part of the autonomous republic if its powers will be enhanced by the results of the referendum, which is expected to be held on March 30, Vice-Speaker of the Supreme Council of Crimea Sergey Tsekov said on Monday.

"The representatives of local authorities are addressing us. They believe that they, Nikolaev, Kherson, Odessa, sould be together with Crimea", said Tsekov.

Russia's steps to protect Crimeans' lives 'adequate, lawful' - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russia's measures to defend Crimean residents' lives and security are absolutely lawful and adequate, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced on Monday.

Ukrainian gov't eager to intervene - Crimea Parliament

The Verkhovna Rada Autonomous Republic of Crimea stated this Monday that Kiev's government was eager to intervene in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

"We are astonished by the statements of Ukrainian government that the Verkhovna Rada Autonomous Republic of Crimea has violated Ukrainian legislation by holding a local referendum to improve the status and authorities of the autonomy, and change the membership of the Verkhovna Rada Autonomous Republic of Crimea," the statement says.

"We consider Ukrainian government’s statements to be part of a plan, aimed at discrediting its autonomy and its authorities. The aim of the plan is to create the basis that will enable the Ukrainian government to intervene in Crimea and overthrow its government, which is legitimate, unlike the Ukrainian one," Crimea's Parliament says.

The issue, discussed on the referendum didn’t stipulate that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea would separate from Ukraine and join another country.

"At the same time, we stand for granting the Autonomous Republic of Crimea larger powers that should be guaranteed, if the central government or Ukrainian Constitution change," the statements says.

Crimea to seek state status at referendum, NATO troops are not welcomed - head of Supreme Council of Crimea

Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea, said that the administration of Crimea does not report to the new central administration in Keiv.

"The Supreme Council of Crimea does not report to the new administration in Kiev," Konstantinov said.

Speaking about the goals of the upcoming referendum, Konstantinov said that "we will raise the question of changing the autonomous status of Crimea to state status. For that reason, we plan to build our relations with the central administration on a contractual basis," he said.

Konstantinov also said that NATO troops are not expected on the peninsula.

"We did not ask NATO to send troops. This land belongs to the Russian world. We are asking everyone to always remember that. It is a thousand years of history. The people of Russia and Ukraine belong to the Russian world," he said.

Voice of Russia, RIA, Interfax

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