Nobody expected a proper “referendum” from the puppet government in the Crimea, but it would be difficult to imagine anything more parody-like than the ballot paper posted on the Crimean parliament’s website.
On a language law which shouldn’t have been passed, and the perfect – and frighteningly dangerous - propaganda weapon which the new majority in parliament gave Russia through its hasty attempt to revoke it.
The Human Rights Information Centre has looked into claims in the media that a huge number of people living in Ukraine had left for Russia. Neither they, nor the reports of thousands of “refugees” from the Crimea have any basis in truth
"We do not wish to be “defended” by sundering Ukraine and annexing its territory. We decisively call for you not to intervene in internal Ukrainian affairs, to return the Russian armed forces to their normal fixed peacetime location, and to stop encouraging pro-Russian separatism"
Russia’s must be challenged to provide evidence for the unsubstantiated allegations presented as the grounds for its occupation of Ukrainian territory. Let them present it now to an international committee whose findings would be made public including on Crimean and Russian TV.
A CNN report on Sunday afternoon spoke only to people who were pleased that the Russians had seized control and delighted to be asked if they were frightened of the new government in Ukraine. No attempt was made to ascertain what was meant by their allegations of “fascists” in control or what the grounds for their fears were
Among inevitable victims of Russia’s military aggression are the indigenous Crimean Tatars who in just over two months will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Deportation In May 1944 it was Stalin who used defamation and propaganda to try to justify a terrible crime. In March 2014, it is Vladimir Putin
The pretext for bringing forces in is given as “a threat to the life of compatriots”. ... The grounds are false. On the contrary – the deployment of troops will create a threat for our compatriots, who will be viewed as representing an aggressive force
Clear attempts over the last two days to provoke violent confrontation in the Crimea, as well as the worst act of anti-Semitic vandalism in 20 years seem to confirm the warnings from authoritative Russian analyst Andrei Illarionov that Putin wants to provoke civil war in Ukraine
The latest reports from the Crimea are that, as of the early hours of Friday morning, large contingents of “unknown’ individuals have seized the premises of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as well as Simferopol airport
VAAD Ukraine [The Association of Jewish Communities and Organizations of Ukraine] and the Congress of National Communities are calling on political forces in Ukraine and beyond to refrain from making statements which undermine inter-ethnic harmony in Ukraine.