History never ends…evil keeps repeating the beginning…wam
An Anti-Russian Protester in Independence Square in Kiev
The European Union has slammed a scheduled referendum for the Ukrainian region Crimea to join Russia, calling it “illegal.” The vote has been set for March 16th by Crimean leaders, and is widely expected to pass, with ethnic Russians making up about 59% of the population. Russian troops have already taken de facto control of Crimea.
The Crimean parliament said it had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to “begin the process” of Crimea joining Russia. The European Union warned Russia that there would be “serious consequences” if Russia did not attempt to defuse the Ukrainian crisis. US President Barack Obama said the proposed referendum would “violate international law.”