As we earlier reported, voting has begun in the referendum called by Crimea's breakaway parliament on whether the republic should join Russia.

Meanwhile, Kyiv's Inter Television quoted Refat Chubarov, the current head of the Mejlis, as saying Crimean Tatars are boycotting the referendum:

"We Crimean Tatars have never taken part in clown shows and circuses," he says.

The European Union has said it won’t recognize the results of the ongoing Crimean referendum, adding won’t send its observers to the breakaway republic