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EU calls referendum in Crimea ‘illegal’ with ‘clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity’

The European Union does not recognize the ‘illegal referendum’ in Crimea, the Council meeting concluded yesterday. EU foreign ministers strongly condemned the vote as being in breach of the Ukrainian Constitution stating that ‘It was held in the visible presence of armed soldiers under conditions of intimidation of civic activists and journalists, blacking out of Ukrainian television channels and obstruction of civilian traffic in and out of Crimea’.

Council Conclusions said there have been clear signs of increasing Russian military build-up in Crimea as well as denial of access to the peninsula to UN and OSCE representatives and missions invited by the government of Ukraine. The EU deplores these further negative developments, which are in clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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