SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

A referendum on the status of the Crimean autonomy will be conducted on March 30, newly elected Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov has announced, media reports say.

 "Due to the need we have decided to accelerate the conduct of a referendum on the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The referendum is slated for March 30," Aksyonov said during the first meeting of a new Parliament of Crimea.

To recall, on Feb. 27 the Crimean Parliament called a referendum on expanding the powers of the autonomy for May 25.

The voting took place at an extraordinary meeting of the Crimean Parliament, after it had been seized by Russian military.

People in the referendum are due to decide on the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Still, according to Central Election Commission of Ukraine, the referendum in Crimea will not be eligible for there is no legal base for such referendums, Ukrinform reports.

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