Ukraine starts procedure to dissolve regional assembly in Crimea

Ukraine’s parliament began a procedure to dissolve the regional assembly in Crimea after it asked to join Russia, Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday. 

“The Rada (parliament in Kiev) will begin the procedure for dissolution,” Turchynov said hours after the assembly in the tense peninsula adopted a motion to become part of the Russian Federation.

Turchynov, speaking in a televised address, also slammed the Crimea legislators’ decision as a “crime” backed by the Russian military.

New prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had described the referendum intention as “an illegitimate decision” and a “huge provocation against Ukraine”.

EU leaders holding an emergency summit on the Ukraine crisis also called the referendum illegal.

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