March 17, 2014
UPDATE: While earlier exit polls indicated strong support, the preliminary results are now being announced:
Crimea will apply tomorrow to join Russia:
Crimea’s regional government will make a formal application today to join the Russian Federation, the local pro-Moscow leader said on Twitter after a disputed referendum to break away from Ukraine.
“The Supreme Soviet of Crimea will make an official application for the republic to join the Russian Federation at a meeting on March 17,” Sergiy Aksyonov said in a tweet.
The celebrations are widespread throughout Crimea:
Putin and Obama have spoken:
And then this:
With a voter turnout (79.09%) that exceeded every US Presidential election since 1900, the people of Crimea have spoken:
Ukraine’s leaders have called up 20,000 men for a newly-created National Guard as despite the so-called “truce” Russian APCs and Tanks are rolling. Pro-Russian supporters are burning books in Donetsk after storming anti-Russian buildings. The White House is already out rejecting the vote (before the final results are released).
Voter Turnout (by region):
As exit polls confirm overhwleming support for Crimea to join Russia…
Despite the so-called truce, Russian APC and Tanks are moving…
Pro-Russian supporters are burning books in Donetsk
And Kharkiv is dominated by Pro-Russia supporters carry this huge Russian flag…
White House Statement:
Carney on Crimea referendum: "Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing" pic.twitter.com/pfAmgxLTRG
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 16, 2014
The U.S. is rejecting the vote in Crimea even before the results are released.
The White House says Sunday’s referendum on succession is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution.
The U.S. says the world won’t recognize the results of a vote held under what it says are “threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.”
A written statement from the White House calls Russia’s actions in Ukraine“dangerous and destabilizing.”
The U.S. is urging other nations to “take concrete steps to impose costs” against Russia.
Secession was expected to be approved overwhelmingly.
And so is the UK:
And The EU:
And the French:
Now it’s up to Putin… to weigh these potential “costs” against his gains…
This article was posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:26 am