Crimea, Ukraine - Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation. The motion will be put to a referendum on March 16.

“The parliament of Crimea has adopted a motion for Crimea to join Russia. It has asked the Russian president and parliament to consider this request,” a member of the parliament's leadership, Grigoriy Ioffe, told reporters. - AFP