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Crimean Council that called referendum on joining Russia must be dissolved - Turchynov

07-03-2014 16:03

"The Crimean Supreme Council, which called a local referendum on the Crimea' s accession to the Russian Federation in violation of the Constitution, must be dissolved," Verkhovna Rada Chairman and Interim President Olexandr Turchynov said in his address to the nation.

"The so-called referendum on the Crimea's status is unquestionably illegitimate," Turchynov said. On Friday, exercising his powers of President ad Interim, Turchynov decreed to invalidate Crimean Supreme Council's resolution on holding the referendum. The decree, in particular, points to irregularities committed during the adoption of the resolution. "The provisions of the resolution do not comply with the Constitution of Ukraine, particularly Article 2, which stipulates that Ukraine's sovereignty extends to its entire territory and that the territory of Ukraine within its present borders is integral and inviolable. Article 134 stipulates that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine and shall exercise its powers solely within its competence," reads the decree. Thus, according to Turchynov, the Crimean parliament grossly exceeded its authority and its resolution is legally invalid. Meanwhile, Russian troops and so-called "Crimean self-defence forces" keep blocking Ukrainian military units and garrisons as well as frontier posts in the Crimea. Moscow has denied the presence of its troops anywhere on the peninsula except for the naval base in Sevastopol. According to the State Border Service of Ukraine, Russia has beefed up its contingent in the Crimea to 30,000 personnel.