Crimean Parliament Approves Declaration of Independence

Vladmir Putin

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

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.

Source: Radio Free Europe