Tense Calm in Crimea Ahead of Sunday Referendum, Local Jews Say
Times of Israel – Nearly two million Crimeans will be called to the polls on Sunday, March 16, for a referendum on the future of the peninsula. However, those who want to see Crimea remain in Ukraine will not have much choice: Voters will be asked to choose between joining Russia outright, versus endorsing a broad autonomous status for Crimea that will enable it to break away from Ukraine in the future.
The referendum — announced on February 27 by the Crimean parliament from a building controlled by the Russian armed forces — was hastily prepared and is widely expected to be rigged. There will be no independent observers at the voting centers.