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Nog een volk in Oekraïne: Krimtataren

Terwijl ik dit schrijf vieren de Russen hun 33 en Nederland zijn 24 medailles van Sotsji. Voor Oekraïne waren het vrouwelijke biatleten die op het podium mochten staan maar dat land heeft vandaag andere zorgen. Wie er morgen aan het bewind is en waar, is onduidelijk. In enkele regio’s profileren zich plaatselijke machthebbers die bijvoorbeeld in Charkiv en op de Krim advies krijgen uit Rusland, zo nodig ook bijstand. In één scenario zouden die beide regio’s zich als Russische protectoraten kunnen ontpoppen. Dat de Krim over land niet aan Rusland grenst maakt die status niet onmogelijke zoals een ander protectoraat, Transdnistrië, laat zien.

Tensions rise over Crimea

Approximately 60 armed men seized control over the parliament building in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The men are thought to be pro-Russian and have raised the Russian flag over the government buildings and put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia”. Local government officials are said to negotiate with the gunman and have sealed off the area. The move came amidst growing concerns of separatism on the overwhelmingly pro-Russian peninsula.

Seven defendants convicted in Russian Bolotnaya Case

A Moscow court has sentenced seven defendants in the Bolotnaya Case to jail terms of between two and a half to four years. On Friday 21 February, the defendants were found guilty, but sentencing was delayed until Monday 24 February. Critics say the court delayed sentencing until after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi, yesterday.

Clashes near Ukraine’s parliament

On 18 February clashes broke out near Ukraine’s parliament. At the time of writing of this article, already seven people were killed, according to some sources and more than hundred people are injured. Injuries are also reported among police officers. On 19 February twenty-five deaths are reported

Russia presents own draft UN resolutions on Syria

On 13 February Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had presented two U.N. Security Council draft resolutions on humanitarian aid access and the fight against "terrorism" in Syria. Russia counter-offered an earlier draft resolution backed by the West and the Syrian opposition, which Russia called biased against the government of Assad. Russia’s calls for a resolution condemning acts of "terrorism" are in tune with rhetoric of the Assad-regime.

Gagauzia votes for Russian-led Customs Union

Yesterday 4 January, former Georgian ambassador to the EU, Salome Samadashvili, urged the EU to keep a watchful eye on Moldova’s Gagauzia region and Russian interference there. In a referendum in Gagauzia on 2 February, a majority of 98.4 percent opted for integration with the Russian-led Customs Union. In a separate question, 97.2 percent of the voters were against closer EU integration. In addition, 98,9 percent supported Gagauzia’s right to declare independence, should Moldova lose ore surrender its own independence. Over 70 percent of the electorate came out to vote.

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