The Russian State Duma passed a federal constitutional law on the procedures for Crimea's and Sevastopol's joining the Russian Federation and the transition period of the integration of new entities in Russia, RIA Novosti reported on March 20.
A referendum on the status of Crimea was held on March 16. More than 96 percent of voters voted for the autonomy joining Russia.
Most world countries issued a statement of non-recognition of the referendum results.
Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted two documents to the Parliament on March 19, namely, a bill on ratification of the treaty between Russia and Crimea, and the draft federal law on Crimea's joining and the formation of the new entities within the Russian Federation - the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol. An agreement will be temporary applied from the date of signature and will enter into force from the date of ratification.
There was a change of power in Ukraine on February 22.
The Verkhovna Rada ousted President Yanukovych, changed the constitution and set the presidential election on May 25. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under threat of violence. He remains the legally elected president. A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and made a decision on holding a referendum on the future situation of regions.
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