▲ Up
02:11 09-10-2015
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
Tensions rise in Ukraine's Crimea as Russians, Tatars clash

Bishkek (AKIpress) - crimea Scuffles broke out Wednesday in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol as large crowds of opponents of the newly installed national authorities faced off against representatives of the Crimean Tatar community outside the local parliament.The rise to power of a group of politicians whose bulk of support is drawn from the more nationalist-leaning Western Ukraine has ignited alarm among ethnic Russians in the south and east of the country, reported RIA Novosti.

Complicating matters, Tatar representatives have come out in support of the incoming regime, setting the stage for tensions inside the Crimean Peninsula.

Police forces appeared to be having trouble controlling the crowd, and a RIA Novosti reporter saw people who seemed to have been involved in a brawl with bloodied faces.

An online live feed from the spot showed dozens of people waving Ukraine’s national blue-and-yellow flag as well as the tricolor of the autonomous Crimea republic and the standard of the Crimean Tatar people, which is electric blue with a yellow seal in the top left corner.

Developments on the ground will be monitored closely by neighboring Russia, which has spoken forcefully about the need to protect the interests of ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Moscow has reacted with concern to proposals under consideration in Ukraine’s parliament that would severely downgrade the status of the Russian language.

In Simferopol on Wednesday, different parts of the crowd at the Crimean Supreme Council, the regional parliament, competed to drown out one another with cries of “Ukraine” and “Russia.”

A sit-in outside the building began Tuesday amid calls for local authorities to reject the rule of the erstwhile opposition, which has taken hold in Kiev since the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over the weekend.

People at the sit-in have demanded the restoration of Crimea’s 1992 constitution, which envisioned the republic as having its own president and autonomously determining its foreign policy.

Protesters have also called for a referendum on whether to persist with Crimea’s current status as an autonomous republic or seek integration with neighboring Russia.

23:06 26.02.2014
17:41 Tokyo National Museum hosts concert of traditional Kyrgyz music17:38 Meat prices decrease in Mongolia17:28 Kazakhstan says it might have 20 undeveloped oil fields17:21 Campaign against domestic violence starts in Ulaanbaatar17:13 Economy Ministry expects approval of full or partial abolishment of sales tax by parliament soon17:10 4 mln heads of livestock to spend winter in Mongolia's Khovsgol province17:04 Uzbek delegation presents investment potential of Uzbekistan in Vilnius17:03 National Bank raises foreign currency reserve rate for commercial banks since October 1917:02 Car collides with train on railroad crossing in Mongolia's Selenge killing two17:01 Kazakhstan has uranium reserves for 100 years: Kazatamprom16:54 Ulaanbaatar aims to reduce level of soil contamination16:48 State Architecture, Construction Agency issues almost 500 licenses for construction in 201516:42 Number of trees planted in Mongolia's Orkhon province to reach 50 thousand16:40 Fuel smuggling exerts pressure on US dollar exchange rate – Economy Minister16:35 Mongolian, Chinese border guards participate in joint training16:31 At least thirteen Yemenis killed by rocket attack at wedding16:30 Seasonal blood donation to start in Khan-Uul district of Mongolia16:28 Cybercriminals arrested in Bishkek for stealing nearly 5 million soms from bank accounts of citizens16:25 Chinggis Khaan Airport to have new transit room16:23 President Putin congratulates President Atambayev on conduct of parliamentary elections on highest level
° C
° C
° C
° C
° C
exchange rates

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2015. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75