KIEV, March 6 Ukraine's economy minister said on
Thursday a referendum on Crimea's status that is planned by the
region's recently installed pro-Russian leaders would be
"My position is that this referendum is unconstitutional,"
the minister, Pavlo Sheremeta, told reporters in the Ukrainian
capital Kiev, reiterating the government's stance following a
decision by Crimea's new leaders to bring the referendum forward
by two weeks to March 16.
The deputy speaker of the regional parliament in Crimea said
the referendum would ask voters whether they want to be part of
the Russian Federation.