Crimea’s pro-Russian regional assembly has approved a declaration of independence. It will take effect if people on the Crimean peninsula vote to unite with Russia in a referendum planned for Sunday.
One of Ukraine’s opposition leaders Vitaly Klitschko addressed reporters in Kyiv on the matter. He said the declaration is illegal.
“The Crimean parliament takes a decision on so-called independence which, I want to stress, is totally illegal and violates Constitution and all laws of Ukraine,” said Klitschko.
“But they did it because they fear the referendum might not take place or won’t give the results they’re counting on,” he added.
Ukraine’s parliament earlier warned the regional assembly in Crimea that it faces dissolution unless it cancels the referendum to decide its future.
It gave the rebel Crimean parliament until Wednesday to call off the vote.