Crimean parliament wants to secede from Ukraine, join Russia
From the BBC:
The Crimean parliament votes to hold a referendum on 16 March in which voters will be asked on whether the region should join the Russian Federation.
Kyiv has called the Crimean parliament’s move unconstitutional.
Senior Correspondent Dan Peleschuk noted that the parliament was meant to hold a referendum, originally set for the date May 25. It was then moved up to March 30.
UPDATE: 3/6/14 6:40 AM ET
Global Post: Russia trying to ‘rewrite the borders of Europe after World War II’
From Senior Correspondent Paul Ames:
European Union leaders arrived for their emergency summit on Ukraine struggling to find unity in their response to Russia’s takeover of Crimea.
Leaders going into the talks suggested the bloc would discuss sanctions against the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but hold off on applying them in the hope that a negotiated settlement can still be found — despite the latest escalation caused by plans for Crimea to hold referendum on joining Russia.
“We will also talk about different types and forms of sanctions, whether they will enter into force or not will be decided based on how far diplomatic efforts proceed,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters ahead of the summit.