let russian go back to there fun loving country :P
Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.
The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to find ways to pressure Russia to back down.
U.S. President Barack Obama took steps to punish those involved in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, ordering the freezing of their U.S. assets and a ban on travel into the United States.
The U.S. Navy announced a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxton, was heading to the Black Sea in what it said was a long-planned training exercise and not a show of force.
The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation".
The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia's Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. He said all state property would be "nationalized", the Russian ruble could be adopted and Ukrainian troops would be treated as occupiers and be forced to surrender or leave.
The announcement, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War.
I see nothing wrong with the people of Crimea voting to return to Russia. They are, after all, mostly of Russian origin and are only in Ukraine because of a bizarre decision by Kruschev back in 1954. The principle of self-determination should apply - if it is upheld in other parts of the world, so it should be here.
I visited Kiev just before the protests started. It's a beautiful country with great people. It sickens me to see this criminal grab by Putin, but he has an insatiable appetite for flexing his muscles. I think Crimea is gone for good. I hope Putin will stop there but Eastern Ukraine is under the gun also. Don't worry, our cowardly pres will not interfere. Hr will mumble meaningless threats and draw imaginary red lines and that will be it. I feel sad for the Ukranian people.
When Kruschev handed Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 it did not much matter, because Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. However, things are different now that Ukraine is independent from Russia. To return Ukraine to Russia would only be to restore the status quo of 60 years ago.