Crimea, Sevastopol Rejoin Russian Federation
Crimea and Sevastopol joined Russian Federation when a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol was signed between them at an impressive ceremony. This followed Russian President Putin’s address to the Parliament. Crimea was represented by Prime Minister Sergey Aksenov and Sevastopol mayor Aleksey Chaly, who signed the treaty. The two were accompanied by Crimean top official Vladimir Konstantinov.
This follows the referendum held in Crimea on 16th March, 2014, in which more than 83 percent of Crimean residents came to polling stations and more than 96 percent of those voted for rejoining Russia.The results of the referendum “leave no room for equivocation”, stressed President Putin in his address. The referendum was precipitated by fast developing events in Kiev when Maidan protests and Western interference led to a coup, wherein the President of Ukraine was illegaly removed through violent protests. Putin in his address criticized several governments in Kiev for neglecting average Ukrainians, and for seeing the country as a source of profit. He said he sympathized with Ukrainians who took to the streets of Kiev in protest against President Yanukovich, whom they saw as profoundly corrupt.
Crimea has been a part of Russian Empire since 1783, and was “gifted” to Ukraine by a former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on 19th February 1954 , without any regard for Crimeans’ wishes and in violation of the laws of the time. After being in “wilderness” for almost 60 years, Crimea and Sevastopol rejoined mother Russia on 18th March, 2014
A part of Treaty text reads, “Since the adoption of the Russian Federation Republic of Crimea in structure of the Russian Federation two new entities – of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Federal importance Sevastopol – have been created.”
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