Russian seizure of the Supreme Council of Crimea

Russian seizure of the Supreme Council of Crimea

2014, 4 min

A story about the seizure of the Crimean government and parliament buildings by a reconnaissance and sabotage group of Russian troops on February 27, 2014 in Simferopol.

The Russian occupation of Crimea began on February 20, at the peak of the bloody shootings of protesters on the Maidan. The blocking of Ukrainian military units and the seizure of administrative buildings in Crimea was the first stage of the occupation of the peninsula.

On February 26, supporters of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and pro-Russian organizations rallied near the Supreme Council of Crimea to demand autonomy within Russia.

On February 28, at the request of the separatist invaders, the Supreme Council of Crimea voted to hold a "referendum on the status of Crimea" and appointed a representative of the Russian Unity party, Sergei Aksyonov, as head of the Crimean government.

On March 1, 2014, Vladimir Putin and the parliament supported the proposal to send Russian troops to Ukraine. An illegal "referendum" on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol on the restoration of the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea's accession to Russia was held on March 16.

In the video: a rally of pro-Russian forces near the Supreme Council of Crimea, journalists near the parliament, the Russian delegation in Simferopol.