Crimea invites OSCE observers to Russia referendum

Crimea has invited international military observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation to Sunday's referendum on joining Russia, Russia's official news agency Ria has reported, citing a Crimean official.

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard at the Ukrainian military base near the Crimean city of Simferopol today. Credit: Reuters

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It said the invitation had been issued to the Vienna-based security and human rights organisation by the region's pro-Russian parliament.

Read: OSCE military observer mission blocked from Crimea

Last week a group of OSCE observers were blocked from entering Crimea, with warning shots reportedly fired at the mission on the third day they attempted to enter the country.


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