Crimeans vote: Many consider that Russia is an opportunity

Ukraine with Crimea in Red


Those in Crimea have been voting today:

March 16, 2014

Perevalnoye, Ukraine (CNN) — Residents of Ukraine’s Crimea region headed to the polls Sunday to vote in a disputed referendum on whether to join Russia or become an effectively independent state connected to Ukraine.

Preliminary results could come as soon as Sunday night local time. The United States, which says the vote is illegal, has already said it expects the Black Sea peninsula’s majority ethnic Russian population to vote in favor of joining Russia. Moscow has strongly backed the referendum.

Kicking off the polling in a prerecorded statement, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov called on the residents of Crimea to cast their vote “independent of nationalism and disintegration.”…

‘Russia is an opportunity’

Another voter in Perevalnoye, Viktor Savchenko, said he would never vote for the government in Kiev. “I want us to join Russia, and live like Russians, with all their rights,” he said.

Victoria Khudyakova said she also had voted to join Russia, which she sees as being “spiritually close” to Crimea. “For me, Russia is an opportunity for our Crimea to develop, to bloom. And I believe that it will be so,” she said.

As of 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET), voter turnout for all of Crimea stood at 63.9% of eligible voters, with 970,019 votes cast so far, Mikhail Malyshev, the head of the Crimean Election Commission, told reporters in the regional capital, Simferopol.

But Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaking in Kiev, dismissed the referendum as illegitimate under Ukrainian and international law, and improperly run.

He said Ukrainian authorities had information from Crimea about voting irregularities, including people who are not Crimean citizens casting ballots, absence of proper monitoring and the presence of armed men.

Malyshev said there was no information that people with foreign passports were voting in the referendum. He also said no “provocations” had been reported at polling stations…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Russian activities in Kherson in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, according to a statement from her office.

She urged an increase in the presence on the ground of military observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, so they can quickly be sent to contested areas, especially in eastern Ukraine.

March 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin expect to savor victory as residents of Crimeavote Sunday on splitting from Ukraine. But Western officials and analysts increasingly feel that in the long run, Russians will come to see their nation’s military and political move into Crimea as a mistake.,0,4828947.story#ixzz2w8gxcXrc

March 16, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, UKRAINE — Diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Ukraine crisis intensified on Sunday with a phone call between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

A statement from Russia’s foreign ministry said the two men had agreed on the need to push for constitutional reforms that would come “in a generally acceptable form and while taking into the account the interests of all regions of Ukraine.”  No details of the type of reforms under discussion were divulged and officials in Washington have yet to comment on Sunday’s discussion.

Meanwhile, under grey skies and the occasional flurry of snow, voters in Crimea’s regional capital cast ballots Sunday in the controversial referendum on Crimean secession. The vote which took place across Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula offered to choices:  break from Ukraine and join Russia, or revert to their status under a 1992 constitution, which gives considerable latitude to join Russia in the future…for many voters, especially the elderly, the idea of coming back under Moscow’s rule – as in Soviet days – is a dream come true.

An elderly woman turns emotional after she casts her ballot.  “It’s been 23 years,” she says, “don’t make me cry”

At another polling station in Simferopol, Crimean parliament member Vladimir Klychnikov prepares to mark his ballot for joining Russia.

He says people have the opportunity to determine their future.  He calls it “a celebration – a celebration of democracy.”

And, indeed, a fair amount of money has been spent in the run-up to the vote to present this as a festive pro-Russian occasion.

Entertainers from already-Russian republics took to the stage at a rally in the capital to cheer voters to the polls.

March 16, 2014

At a polling booth at a school in Simferopol, the Crimean regional capital, dozens of people lined up outside to cast their ballots early.

“I have voted for Russia,” said Svetlana Vasilyeva, 27, a veterinary nurse. “This is what we have been waiting for. We are one family and we want to live with our brothers.”

Vasilyeva voiced fears common among some of Ukraine’s native Russian-speakers about the consequences of Yanukovich’s downfall after protests in which over 100 people were killed. “We want to leave Ukraine because Ukrainians told us that we are people of a lower kind. How can you stay in such a country?” she said.

But ethnic Tatars – Sunni Muslims who make up 12 percent of Crimea’s population – said they would boycott the vote despite promises by the regional authorities to give them financial aid and proper land rights…

Many Crimeans hope union with Russia will bring better pay and make them citizens of a country capable of asserting itself on the world stage. But others see the referendum as a land grab by the Kremlin from Ukraine, whose new rulers want to move the country towards the European Union and away from Russia’s sway.

Putin defended the vote in a phone call on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying it complied with international law, including Article 1 of the U.N. Charter which states the principle of self-determination of peoples. “It was emphasized that Russia will respect the choice of the Crimean people,” a Kremlin statement said.

Putin has said he must protect the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine from “fascists” in Kiev who ousted Yanukovich.

Crimea is a fairly poor region that feels neglected and discriminated against by the western portion of Ukraine.  When Ukraine’s coup government took over last month, one of the first things it did was to pass a bill (that ended up not being signed into law) to make Russian a second-class language in Ukraine.  That incensed those in Crimea and various ones in the eastern portion of Ukraine, as many in those regions speak Russian as their native language.

Many of those in Crimea (other than the Tartars) seem to believe that they will be much better off with Russia who wants them. than Kiev who claims to want to keep them, but has not shown signs that it would truly be able to help them.  The USA seems to want to stop Russia from expanding and has taken steps to isolate Russia from the rest of the world on this matter.  The European Union, who is very interested in getting Ukraine to join it, also has tried to isolate Russia.  However, while the European Union wants Crimea, it most likely will be satisfied with much of the remaining land of Ukraine and likely will allow the Crimean crisis to blow over in time.

That being said, I do believe that the situation with Russia and Crimea will embolden the Europeans to step up their desire to develop their own independent military deterrents so that they will feel that they can stand up to Russia on their own.  And while that will work for a while, the Bible is clear that a Russian-led confederation will eventually cause the Europeans problems (Daniel 11:44-45) and eliminate it (Jeremiah 51:11-32).

Of course, the situation in Ukraine and Crimea remains tense and difficult. The Bible shows that war is in the prophesied future for some or all of Ukraine/Crimea (watch the new video Ukraine in Prophecy?).

As I have written before, those in Ukraine and Crimea need our prayers and the kingdom of God.

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