Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the separatist drive in Crimea.

According to Kremlin‚ the steps taken by the Crimean leadership are based on international law to ensure the interests of its population.

A referendum will be held in Crimea on 16th of this month about reunification with Russia.

However‚ the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that his country will not give up a single centimeter of its territory.

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