Ukraine Steps Up Security At Russian Facilities, Blocks Most Russians From Voting

Putin keeps Crimean crowds waiting for historically short speech

Putin keeps Crimean crowds waiting for historically short speech

Ukraine is protesting voting in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula forcibly seized by Russian Federation four years ago.

Poland's foreign ministry has said that "the presidential elections held in Crimea by the Russian authorities can not be recognised" because Crimea is part of Ukraine. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation. Aired from a broadcast station Russian Federation seized in 2014 during its annexation of Crimea, the campaign visualizes a world without Putin-meant to drum up support for his candidacy.

"Four years after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and (the city of) Sevastopol, France remains firmly attached to the full restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders", the French statement said.


The interior ministry's announcement may be welcomed by nationalist forces in Ukraine, some of which had planned to band together to block access to polling stations in Russian diplomatic buildings on Sunday.

"To avoid provocation and possible drastic consequences, police and national guard units will ensure the proper protection of all diplomatic representatives and buildings on this day", he said. According to Article 81 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a candidate for president must be at least 35 years old and has to have permanently resided in Russia for the past 10 years, and can not serve more than two terms consecutively.

The declaration reiterates the European Union's commitment to Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, noting the illegal annexation as a direct challenge to worldwide security, and the grave implications this has for the global legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states.

Recommended News

  • China appoints US-trained central banker

    China appoints US-trained central banker

    Separately, Liu Kun, head of the budget office of parliament, was elected to be the new finance minister, replacing Xiao Jie. US-educated economist Yi Gang has been named the next governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC).
    Vladimir Putin Wins Russian Polls With 76 Per Cent Of The Votes

    Vladimir Putin Wins Russian Polls With 76 Per Cent Of The Votes

    Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards. He will now be Russia's president until 2024 and become the country's longest-serving ruler since Josef Stalin.
    US Senator Says Trump Likely To Withdraw From Iran Deal

    US Senator Says Trump Likely To Withdraw From Iran Deal

    Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that "such replacements in the USA establishment are not surprising". The president is considered about the deal's "sunset clauses" as well as about Iran's ballistic missile program.
  • British prime minister very concerned by Facebook data abuse reports

    British prime minister very concerned by Facebook data abuse reports

    CA was suspended from Facebook last week after it emerged that data on millions of users had not been destroyed as agreed. The social network said it had removed the app in 2015 when it learned about the violation of its policies.
    The UK and European Union  have agreed a Brexit transition deal

    The UK and European Union have agreed a Brexit transition deal

    A Cabinet source told the paper there were issues with "borders and databases, which won't be ready in time". May said no British prime minister could agree to the proposal. 'It is about this problem that we face.
    Alibaba invests additional $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada

    Alibaba invests additional $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada

    The region's internet economy is expected to grow to $200 billion by 2025, primarily driven by growth in e-commerce. Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and Lazada management are the only other stakeholders in Lazada.
  • Twitter Will Reportedly Ban Crypto-Related Advertising

    Twitter Will Reportedly Ban Crypto-Related Advertising

    Analysts believe the recent dip in the cryptocurrency market may be a direct effect of the ban imposed by Google and Facebook. The report also adds that Twitter may even ban ads for some cryptocurrency exchanges with "some limited exceptions".
    Turkish-led forces oust Kurds from Syria's Afrin

    Turkish-led forces oust Kurds from Syria's Afrin

    The capture of Afrin would be a major victory in Turkey's campaign against the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. On Saturday, rebel artillery fire killed one person in the capital, the Observatory said.
    Homes lost as fires in Australia continue

    Homes lost as fires in Australia continue

    Milder conditions have now arrived, and that has helped the 500 firefighters gain the upper hand on the four largest blazes. Tathra Beach Motor Village said it had experienced "significant" damage and would be closed until further notice.
  • HTC Vive Pro premium VR arrives April 5 for $799

    HTC Vive Pro premium VR arrives April 5 for $799

    The idea behind the HTC Vive Pro is that the headset will be swapped out with the original one. For comparison, the HTC Vive's displays only have a 2,160 x 1,200 resolution.
    Hitting repeat on the weather forecast

    Hitting repeat on the weather forecast

    At this time, it appears tomorrow will offer lots of clouds with some light snow and mix developing, mainly south of the turnpike. Severe storms will break out from Jacksonville, Florida, to Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; and into Nashville, Tennessee.
    Putin Suggests 'The Jews' Were Behind US Election Meddling

    Putin Suggests 'The Jews' Were Behind US Election Meddling

    Groups such as Jews and the Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group, were routinely mistreated in the Soviet Union where Putin came of age. United States intelligence services generally agree that Russians sought to interfere in the election.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.