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Crimea fully integrates in Russia, region's head says

March 15, 12:08 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

Crimea does not depend on food, water and electricity supplies from Ukraine, the Crimean head says

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 A view of Konstantinovsky Fort and the Sevastopol Bay in Crimea

A view of Konstantinovsky Fort and the Sevastopol Bay in Crimea

© Vladimir Smirnov/TASS

SIMFEROPOL, March 15. /TASS/. The Republic of Crimea has fully integrated in Russia, Crimean head Sergei Aksyonov told reporters on Wednesday.

"We have fully integrated in the Russian Federation. People do not remember anymore what hryvnia (Ukraine’s national currency) is, that period has been forgotten like a bad dream," he said commenting on the third anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

According to Aksyonov, Crimea does not depend on food, water and electricity supplies from Ukraine. "There are peace, order and harmony here," he stressed.

After Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in a coup in February 2014, mass protests began in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. On March 11, 2014, Crimea’s Supreme Council and Sevastopol City Council adopted a declaration of independence.

On March 16, 2014, a referendum on reuniting with Russia was conducted. Over 80% of voters participated in the plebiscite, most of them supporting the idea (96.7% in Crimea and 95.6% in the city of Sevastopol).

On March 18, the treaty on Crimea’s reunification with Russia was signed by President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Federal Assembly (parliament) approved the document on March 21.

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