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Crimean status referendum, 2014

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The Supreme Council of Crimea considered the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution as a coup and the new interim government in Kiev as illegitimate and stated that the referendum is a response to these developments.[290] The final date and ballot choices were set only ten days before the plebiscite was held. The referendum was regarded as illegitimate by most countries including all European Union members, the United States and Canada because of the events surrounding it[9] including the plebiscite being held while the peninsula was occupied by Russian soldiers.[291] Thirteen members of the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of a resolution declaring the referendum invalid, but Russia vetoed it and China abstained.[292][293] A United Nations General Assembly resolution was later adopted, by a vote of 100 in favor vs. 11 against with 58 abstentions, which declared the referendum invalid and affirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity.[9] The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People called for a boycott of the referendum.[17][19]

Russia officially recognized the results of the Crimean referendum and claims that unilateral Kosovo declaration of independence has set a precedent, which allows secession of Crimea from Ukraine.[295] Such parallels are disputed by legal scholars, however.[21][22][24]

The official result from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was a 96.77 percent vote for integration of the region into the Russian Federation with an 83.1 percent voter turnout.[1][3] The Mejlis Deputy Chairman Akhtem Chiygoz stated that the actual turnout could not have exceeded 30–40 percent.[25] In an interview on 22 January 2015 Igor Strelkov admitted that his militia group coerced Crimean deputies to vote in favor of secession from Ukraine.[296]

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Crimean status referendum, 2014
Map of the Crimean peninsula with its political subdivisions
Subdivisions of Crimea colored according to referendum results
Date March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)
Location  Crimea
 Sevastopol
Voting system Majority voting
Autonomous Republic of Crimea[1][3]
Join Russian Federation
  
96.77%
Restore 1992 constitution
  
2.51%
Invalid votes
  
0.72%
Voter turnout: 83.1%
Sevastopol[4]
Join Russian Federation
  
95.60%
Restore 1992 constitution
  
3.37%
Invalid votes
  
1.03%
Voter turnout: 89.5%

Crimean status referendum, 2014 was a referendum on the status of Crimea held on March 16, 2014, by the legislature of Autonomous Republic of Crimea as well as by the local government of Sevastopol, both subdivisions of Ukraine at the time. The referendum asked the people of Crimea

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