(QHA) -

Crimean Prime-Minister Anatoly Mogilev urged Crimean Mufti Emirali Ablaev and Metropolitan Lazar of Crimea to address to Crimeans, preventing confrontation on ethnic grounds, and preserving peace and stability in Crimea, press-service of Crimean Council of Ministers reports.

Crimean clergy responded to the appeal.

Thousands of Crimean Tatar activists rally in front of Crimean Parliament in Simferopol to protest the Crimean Parliament's reluctance to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities.

The crowds are holding numerous Ukrainian and Crimean-Tatar national flags, chanting "Ukraine!", "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!", "Crimea is not Russia!"

Meanwhile, 600-700 supporters of pro-Russian organizations and the Russian Unity Party have gathered near the parliament building to support the Crimean parliament. They chant “Russia, Russia”.