Ukrainianian parliament authorizes partial mobilization of army in response to Crimea crisis

Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to authorize acting President Oleksandr Turchynov to partially deploy Ukraine's army in response to Russia's "further aggression in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea" and Russian support for Sunday's contentious Crimea referendum.
By JC Finley   |   March 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM   |   Comments

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March 17 (UPI) -- Ukraine's parliament, Verkhovna Rada, authorized acting President Oleksandr Turchynov to partially mobilize the army in response to the situation in Crimea.

At Monday's session, 275 out of 308 parliamentary members voted for the mobilization.

Turchynov announced afterward, "I have signed a decree on partial mobilization ... with due regard to further aggression in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which Russia is trying to hide under a great farce called a 'referendum,' which will never be recognized by either Ukraine or the whole civilized world."

"The decree," according to the legislation, "creates conditions for introducing a military time regime in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard of Ukraine, and other military units of Ukraine and civil defense operative and rescue services."

On Sunday, residents of Crimea participated in a referendum deemed "illegal" by Kiev to determine whether to remain part of Ukraine or to secede and join Russia. An overwhelming majority voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation. Prior to the vote, the Verkhovna Rada voted to terminate the powers of the Crimean parliament.

[Interfax Ukraine News Agency]

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