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Crimea referendum a farce: Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine's acting president said on Thursday a referendum planned by the pro-Moscow parliament in Crimea on joining Russia was illegitimate, and declared it a farce and crime organised by the Russian military.

In a short televised address, Oleksander Turchinov said the Ukrainian parliament would start procedures to dismiss the Crimean assembly and block the referendum.

A Russian flag (right) is raised next to a Crimean flag on top of the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol on February 27, 2014. File picture: Baz Ratner. Credit: Reuters

“It is not a referendum, it is a farce, a fake and a crime against the state which is organised by the Russian Federation's military,” he said, standing in front of the blue and yellow national flag.

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