Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian envoy Andrei Vorobyov to hand him a letter of protest against Crimea’s reunification treaty with Moscow, RIA Novosti reports.
Kiev has described Russia’s decision to absorb the breakaway region as an act of annexation, which means forcible seizure of the Ukrainian territory, and said it reserves the right to take steps to resolve the conflict in line with the international law.
“The Ukrainian side denies any sovereignty of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, which is occupied by Russia,” the ministry said Tuesday in the note which came after President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty on Crimea joining Russia.
Two people – a pro-Russia militiaman and a Ukrainian soldier – were killed Tuesday when snipers opened fire from a single location on both Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces in the Crimean capital, Simferopol. One Ukrainian and one pro-Russian were injured, Crimean police said.