Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine has adopted a resolution to terminate the powers of the Crimean parliament, which has refused to recognize the current Kiev authorities and will soon hold a referendum on the status of autonomy, according to RIA Novosti.
"The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted a resolution 'On early termination of powers of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea', the Ukrainian parliament said.
Crimea will hold a referendum on March 16 on two questions: "Are you for reunification of Crimea with Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation?" and "Are you for the restoration of the constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 1992 and for the status of Crimea as part of Ukraine?". The question for which over a half of the referendum participants will vote, will be considered as the approved one.
Change of power took place in Ukraine on Feb.22 which has signs of a coup. Rada ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution, entrusted the duties of the president to Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov and scheduled elections for May 25. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of physical violence and remains the legally elected head of state. Moscow believes that the legitimacy of the decisions of the Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada is doubtful. A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of Rada's decisions and decided to hold a referendum on the future of their regions.