March 6, 2014
MPs in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea have voted to formally become part of the Russian Federation.
Parliament said the decision would be put to the Crimean people for their verdict in a referendum on 16 March.
A government minister in Kiev said they believe it would be unconstitutional for Crimea to join Russia.
Crimea, a region whose population is mostly ethnic Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:08 am