On Thursday, March 6, the Crimean Parliament voted unanimously to secede from Ukraine. This vote will lead to a referendum, in which the citizens of Crimea will be able to voice their opinion as to which nation Crimea should be a part of.

 

However, this issue will not be solely decided by the citizens of Crimea. The United States has declared that, via the mechanisms currently being used, it is a violation of international law for Crimea to leave Ukraine.  Earlier today, President Barack Obama said that:

 Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law … the proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukranian Constitution and violate international law. Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine.

Crimea and Russia have been taking steps toward secession without including the interim Ukranian government in the talks on Crimea’s future. The interim government has not been included because Russia refuses to acknowledge its legitimacy as the government of the Ukranian people.

(Related: Russian Action In Crimea Escalates; Uncertain Information And Threats From US and Russia)

 

Earlier on Thursday, the meetings between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov did not make any progress. Kerry reported that, “the choices that Russia has made escalated this situation and we believe that Russia has this opportunity now, together with the rest of us, but Russia particularly, to make the right choices in order to de-escalate.” Kerry also urged Russia to allow international observers into Ukraine, an action that was allegedly denied earlier this week.

(Related: Progress, Not Perfection: US-Russian Peace Talks Regarding Ukraine)

 

However, Russia does not appear to have any intention of de-escalating. When interviewed by BBC’s John Simpson, Regional First Deputy PM Rustam Temirgaliev stated he believed the conflict would end in a peaceful manner, and that, “after two or three days, Crimea will be subject of Russian Federation.” He assured Simpson that Russia will not invade the rest of Ukraine, as Russia is just focused on Crimea. When questioned about the troops that are currently inside Crimea, Temirgaliev stated, “the Russian troops and military forces are inside the Russian Federation now … Crimea now is Russia.”

 

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, reporting from Kiev, stated that the protestors in Kiev are griping with feelings of scorn and dismay, for they cannot imagine a Ukraine without Crimea. The protesters are angry that the people in the square who fought and died a little more than a week and a half ago did not fight and die for an outcome where Crimea is no longer part of Ukraine. Cooper also made on-the-ground comparisons to World War II, with barracks made of whatever is around, be it tires, fences, or whatever else. He also mentioned the boxes of empty beer bottles ready to be made into Molotov cocktails.

 

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