(QHA) -

Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov has commented the statement of Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov who said Autonomous Republic may secede from Ukraine if tensions escalate further in the country.

"This is our land, our country. We will not allow this to happen - Chubarov said.This is a sedition" - he added.

 As QHA earlier reported, Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov noted that the Autonomous Republic may secede from Ukraine if tensions escalate further in the country.

“It can happen. Possibly” – he said.

Earlier, Crimean Parliament appealed to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych urging the President to take extraordinary measures to preserve the constitutional order and unity in Ukraine.

There is open combat on the streets of Kyiv with protesters and security forces firing on each other and dozens of people reported dead.

QHA