#AceWorldNews says that Sevastopol, the main base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine, will join Russia as its constituent member after a referendum, city administration acting head Dmitry Belik said on Saturday, March 8.TASS
“We will hold one referendum with the rest of Crimea, but after it two entities will join Russia as its constituent members: Sevastopol and Crimea. And changes to the constitution will also be made separately,” he said.
According to Belik, two questions will be asked at the referendum:
“Do you support reunification of Sevastopol with Russia as its constituent member?” and
“Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of 1992 and Sevastopol’s to Ukraine?”
Speaking at a rally held in the centre of the city on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Belik stressed that social allowances would continue to be paid after accession to Russia.
“The salaries of public sector employees, medic and social workers will be preserved at their current level as a minimum or maybe even increased.
We are now working in close contact with Russian officials over a new social system for the city,” Belik said.
He thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian parliament for their support.
The Crimean parliament on Thursday, March 6, ruled to hold a referendum on accession to Russia on March 16.
Earlier it was scheduled for March 30.
Three questions will be asked during the referendum:
1. Do you support Crimea’s reunification with Russia as its constituent member?
3. Do you support the restoration of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea of 1992 and the status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine?
However, parliament-appointed acting Ukrainian President Alexander Turchinov said the upcoming referendum in Crimea (autonomy within Ukraine) on its accession to Russia would be “unlawful and illegitimate.”
“The Verkhovna Rada will initiate the dissolution of the Supreme Soviet of Crimea,” he said in a televised address on Thursday, March 6.