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Putin’s Latest Grab for Crimea
According to Yuriy Sergeyev, ambassador to the United Nations for the Ukraine, there were 6,000 soldiers sent by Russia into Crimea within a 24-hour period over the weekend and that number is increasing “every hour.” It has been reported that Russian military forces have occupied key posts, buildings, airports, and other assets in Crimea.
Crimea is a peninsula of Ukraine located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. This region is currently under occupation by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. 2001 census data show that Russians comprise 59 percent of Crimea’s population of about 2 million people, according to Bloomberg News, and 24 percent Ukrainian and 12 percent Tatar, meaning that Russians make up 17 percent of Ukraine’s total population of 45 million.
Crimea is an autonomous republic within the unitary state of Ukraine, with the Presidential Representative serving as a governor and replacing the once established a post of president. It is governed by the Constitution of Crimea in accordance with the laws of Ukraine. The legislative body is a 100-seat parliament, the Supreme Council of Crimea. The executive power is represented by the Council of Ministers, headed by a Chairman who is appointed and dismissed by the Verkhovna Rada, with the consent of the President of Ukraine. The authority and operation of the Supreme Council and the Council of Ministers of Crimea are determined by the Constitution of Ukraine and other the laws of Ukraine, as well as by regular decisions carried out by the Supreme Council of Crimea. During the 2004 presidential elections, Crimea largely voted for the presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych.
The central Ukrainian government does not recognize Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov and considers it illegal. The Russian parliament granted President Vladimir Putin the authority on March 1, 2014 to use military force in Ukraine. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov also decreed the appointment of the Prime Minister of Crimea as unconstitutional on the same day.
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