Tuesday

28th Mar 2017

Ticker

Crimea declares independence before referendum

Crimea's regional parliament Tuesday voted with a broad majority (78 out of 81) to become independent from Ukraine, five days before a referendum on joining Russia. "After this referendum Crimea will be able to join the Russian Federation as an independent and sovereign state," the Crimean parliament spokesman said.

Analysis

Lukashenka: End of an era?

The political spring in Belarus ended just as the actual season began, but greater changes loom after 23 years of dictatorship.