#AceWorldNews – Saturday, March 15 – Voted early for dissolution of Crimean Parliament – Situation is that the stand-off continues in Ukraine, as the defiant region of Crimea prepares for its upcoming referendum that will decide its status.
The coup-imposed government has cut off financial links to Crimea, but has pledged not to attack the peninsula militarily.
The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) has voted for early dissolution of Crimean parliament, Itar-Tass reports. 278 MPs voted in favour for the decision.
The Rada’s ruling comes into effect immediately.
The MPs simultaneously supported preparations for early elections in Crimea.
People have gathered in Mariupol, Donetsk region, for a rally in support of Russia and Crimean referendum.
@RT_russian митинг у нас в Мариуполе в поддержку Крыма России и референдума о федерализации pic.twitter.com/ukQ1bxpc9E
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A pro-Russian demonstration is taking place in the centre of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.
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#AceBreakingNews says Protesters in Kiev’s Maidan have announced a new government line-up and asked parliament to approve the candidatures.
The Supreme Rada is expected to vote on the new cabinet members on Thursday.
Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk, a member of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party, has been suggested for the post of prime minister.
The Cabinet line-up was announced from the stage of central Kiev’s Independence Square on Wednesday evening as protesters and their leaders gathered for a popular assembly, “veche.”
Boris Tarasyuk, 65, also of the Fatherland party, was proposed for the seat of vice premier in charge of European integration.
The pro-Western politician served as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister between 1998 and 2000 and, then again from February 2005 till January 2007.
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#AceWorldNews says that `Ex-Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka are among those whom the Rada wants to be tried in the ICC.
All are accused of “crimes against humanity during the peaceful protests in the period of November 30, 2013, and February 22, 2014.”
“During the period of three months the law enforcement agencies have been following the orders of the highest Ukrainian authorities.
They used violence against the peaceful activists in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities,” said a Rada statement.
“Over 100 Ukrainian citizens have been killed and 2,000 injured as a result of such actions,” it added.
Three hundred and twenty-four MPs voted in favour of the resolution.
During the discussions the MPs also proposed to add the names of ex-deputy prime minister, ex-PM and ex-security council secretary.
However the names were not approved by all the members of the Rada.
“The list will be extended with the names of those whose guilt is proven,” added Turchinov.
The Hague war crimes court did not confirm the information that Ukraine asked it to investigate the case of Yanukovich and other Ukrainian ex-ministers.
“A government can make a declaration accepting the court’s jurisdiction for past events,” said ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah, adding that the court’s prosecutor would decide whether or not to open an investigation.