Skip to comments.Crimea referendum: Wide condemnation after region votes to split from Ukraine
Posted on 03/16/2014 5:16:44 PM PDT by mandaladon
Crimean voters on Sunday overwhelmingly backed a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in an election denounced by the United States, Europe and the Ukrainian government as illegal and destabilizing.
Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds after the vote, which election officials said stood at 95 percent with more than half of the ballots counted.
The vote, the final results of which were not expected until Monday, offered voters on the strategic Black Sea peninsula the choice of seeking annexation by Russia or remaining in Ukraine with greater autonomy.
Opponents of secession appeared to largely stay away Sunday, denouncing the vote as a cynical power play/land grab by Russia. But turnout was reported to be well above the 50 percent that would make the referendum binding -- and secession was expected to be approved overwhelmingly.
"We want to go back home, and today we are going back home," said Viktoria Chernyshova, a 38-year-old businesswoman. "We needed to save ourselves from those unprincipled clowns who have taken power in Kiev."
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Frankly, it should have been done in 1994, in exchange for Ukraine keeping their nukes.
But then we are talking about the inept Clinton administration here, who also broke up Yugoslavia.
Agreed. I don’t get why everyone is all in an uproar over it.
why are posting thug putin propaganda here ?
you are dangerous fool.
You don’t think giving up Crimea in exchange for keeping their nukes, would have been a good deal for Ukraine?
because a Soviet kgb thug has invaded its neigbor and is recreating the new iron curtain.
you dont care millions were just ovetaken by a KGB thug who kills or imprisions his enemies !
The Russians want the entire Soviet block back!
He is not stopping in Crimea !
Kiev is next.
Read the propaganda war the Putin thug is running.
the agreement was made with a decent man named Yeltsin not a kbg thug.
Putin seized power and the agreement is dead.
And John McCain is in Ukraine laying wreaths and hanging out with Svoboda Nazi’s. It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood, would you bomb my neighbor?
The solution to this is: (1) Finlandization, i.e., Ukraine as a border state will be neutral and not be split in half by Russia nor join NATO; and (2) Federalization, i.e., Ukraine gives some autonomy to its regions with respect for minorities and languages.
U.S. should not have supported violent overthrow of a freely-elected government. It was stupid. Elections were coming next year and this should have decided things.
Russia wants to avoid anti-Russian crazies from West Ukraine turning Crimea into a NATO base.
But it’s going to be turned into a NATO base anyway. That is a done deal.
Oh I am sure that there will be a pack baying to go to war over it, and fight to the last drop of someone else’s blood. It is a required reflex in the NWO.
But now Russia has lost influence among Ukrainians...because the most influential Russians in Ukraine were in Crimea.
now the ethnic cleansing starts
Ukraine needed to split. You can’t have two peoples at each other’s throats living under the same roof.
Well, I can relate to that.
Perhaps you are dangerous.
Or perhaps you would want to don your tranny military uniform and compete with Obama's trannies for who is cutest and most talented (see Kadena).
If Obama is America...I'm moving!
Who cares? Russians belong in Russia. Yawn. Too bad Obama doesn’t take OUR borders as seriously as he does Ukraine’s.
They’re ringing the bells now ... they’ll be wringing their hands soon enough.