Crimea Votes to Leave Ukraine for Russia

“Not unexpected”

TIME

Voters in the Crimea region of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to secede from their country and join Russia, in a major victory for Moscow that followed days of international condemnation that the referendum itself was illegitimate.

The results of the vote in the predominantly ethnic Russian peninsula were not unexpected, coming several weeks after Kremlin-led forces took control of the region. But the crucial step toward official annexation by Russia will further raise tensions with Ukraine, as well as with the United States and Europe, which have promised an escalation of sanctions. An election official said 95 percent of voters supported joining Russia, with about half of ballots counted, the Associated Press reports.

The military threat Russia poses was palpable during the vote in Crimea, with Russian warships circling Crimea and Moscow-directed troops blockading Ukrainian troops in their bases. Russia said at the time of its initial intervention that…

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Some up-to-date sources on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:

Achenbach, Joel. “Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?” Washington Post. March 14, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/03/14/where-is-malaysia-airlines-flight-370/

Calamur, Krishnadev. “The Passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” NPR. March 15, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/15/290109997/the-passengers-on-malaysia-airlines-flight-370

CNN. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/asia/malaysia-airlines/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Malaysia Airlines. “Flight 370.” http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/dark-site.html

Time. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” http://time.com/25814/report-flight-370-shifted-altitude-and-path-after-dropping-contact/

USA Today. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.” http://www.usatoday.com/search/Malaysia%20Flight%20370/

After the referendum, Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea will be declared delinquent

The calm before the storm…

Euromaidan PR

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Russian soldiers in Crimea received clear orders from Moscow concerning the Ukrainian Army. The Russians stated that they will start acting in earnest on March 17, reports tsn.ua.

The Ukrainian military units that are currently under siege will be declared delinquent formations, creating a legal pretext for entering on their territory. The Ukrainian soldiers would be provided with two options: either to serve outside Crimea or to accept Russian citizenship.

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Why the Crimean “Referendum” is a manipulation: 10 facts you should know

Ten dismal facts on the Crimean referendum; “It is definitely anything but a referendum.” The article also has a analogy between the Anschluss of Austria and the “Anschluss of Crimea.”

Voices of Ukraine

By Taras Shamajda
March 13, 2014
Translated by Mykyta Mykytovych and Edited by Voices of Ukraine
Source: http://texty.org.ua/pg/article/editorial/read/52448/

Many people are talking about the referendum in Crimea: Some condemn it, some support it, and some boycott it. There is even an impression that some of the opponents really consider that this will be a referendum, i.e., that the residents of Crimea will take part in the decision-making concerning the future of the peninsula. However this is not the case. On March 16 there will not be any referendum.

I would like to stress: There will not be any referendum. There will be a farce organized by Russia to create the impression that the occupation of Crimea is by the “people’s will.”

There are at least 10 reasons not to consider manipulations of the Russian occupants as a referendum:

1. Breach of the Ukrainian Constitution. A secession of any part of Ukraine…

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Media Sources on Venezuela

Bloomberg. “Venezuela.” http://topics.bloomberg.com/venezuela/

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CNN. “Venezuela.” http://www.cnn.com/search/?query=Venezuela&x=0&y=0&primaryType=mixed&sortBy=relevance&intl=false

Democracy Now! “Venezuelan Protests.” February 20, 2014. http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/20/venezuelan_protests_another_attempt_by_us

Global Post. “Venezuela.” http://www.globalpost.com/news/regions/americas/venezuela

The Guardian. “Venezuela.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/venezuela

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Truthloader. “What’s Going on in Venezuela.” Youtube. February 13, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ_d7YPxU7o

Venezuela Analysis. http://venezuelanalysis.com/

——. “Audio.” http://venezuelanalysis.com/audio

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INVASION OF CRIMEA – March 15, 2014 – SUMMARY

Good photos of the March for Peace in Moscow.

Voices of Ukraine

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk, Information Resistance

Information Resistance Information Resistance

15.03.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters, here is the summary for March 15, 2014 (for summary from the previous day, see Summary of March 14).

The bad news:

1. Today, one state, and one state only, proudly voted against the UN Security Council resolution on Ukraine. Thus, this state placed itself above all moral laws of our civilization, above the wish for peace, and above humanity’s right to safety. This state is Putin’s Russia.

We can say many “kind” words about Putin. But we all understand that he is a mentally ill and delusional person – today, it’s obvious to everyone. This is why I would rather say some equally “kind” words about another entity, namely, the UN. It is a mechanism that, by definition, should be protecting the world against madmen on the throne. If a…

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