Klitschko: “Ukrainian soldiers remain over entire territory of Ukraine”

17.03.2014 15:30

Ukraine does not recognize the results of the so-called referendum and considers Crimea exclusively Ukrainian territory, leader of UDAR Vitali Klitschko said during a briefing at the Ukrainian crisis media center.

"Ukrainian soldiers remain throughout Ukraine despite the so-called referendum, which has already been given an appropriate legal assessment. Its conduct is contradicts the Constitution and the laws of Ukraine, as stated by the Constitutional Court, and many international organizations. That is why we do not recognize the results of the referendum, and consider Crimea an integral part of Ukraine. Therefore Ukrainian soldiers remain all over the territory of Ukraine at their home stations," Klitschko said.

He said that Ukraine does not intend to suspend resources supplies and freeze social benefits to Ukrainians in Crimea. "All social benefits to the citizens of Ukraine in Crimea are preserved. Supplying of all resources, namely water, gas, and electricity also continues," UDAR leader said.

Vitali Klitschko reiterated that the referendum held yesterday in Crimea had no legal force. "We do not know who voted on the referendum. Journalists were not allowed to the polling stations. The only thing we know is that there was a large number of armed men in the hall of the Crimean parliament on the day of the referendum voting. If we talk about democratic framework and especially the principle of transparency in decision-making, laws and the Constitution, we believe that this referendum is categorically illegitimate," Klitschko pointed out.

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