The Current

Crimea votes to leave Ukraine and join Russia

Crimea has seen an influx of Russian troops and a full-blown referendum with limited, and critics say, illegitimate options. Already Eastern Ukraine is getting nervous or excited ... depending on its view of Vladimir Putin's seemingly expansionist ideas. We're connecting with voters in Crimea asking what they want and how this will play out....
Crimea has seen an influx of Russian troops and a full-blown referendum with limited, and critics say, illegitimate options. Already Eastern Ukraine is getting nervous or excited ... depending on its view of Vladimir Putin's seemingly expansionist ideas. We're connecting with voters in Crimea asking what they want and how this will play out. 

crimea-referendum-560.jpg

Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (C) celebrates the results of Crimea's referendum. Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili


A new country for Crimea ....

Less than three weeks after Russia's Vladirmir Putin ordered troops to take control of Crimea - a referendum has been completed and secession has officially been declared. Among G7 countries, Canada was swift to respond, with Prime Minister Harper calling the referendum "illegitimate", saying it was held under an "illegal military occupation."

The Ukrainian government in Kyiv is calling up its reserve troops.


Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion over.US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt

Crimea has strong ties to Russia and many of its inhabitants relish the idea of leaving Ukraine. And they appear to be the ones who turned out to vote yesterday, where they were offered a choice between re-joining Russia or pushing for greater autonomy within Ukraine. There was no option for maintaining the status quo. And it appears clear that opponents of secession largely boycotted the vote.

Listen to this short clip with an on the ground reaction from local Crimeans:



  • Yulia Dorogan is an English teacher at the Goodwin Centre in Simferopol and joined us to give us a sense of how Crimea's residents feel about what's happening.


Weigh in on the Crimean referendum and its results.

Tweet us @thecurrentcbc. Or e-mail us through our website. Find us on Facebook. Call us toll-free at 1 877 287 7366. And as always if you missed anything on The Current, grab a podcast.

This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbfleisch and Gord Westmacott.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now